10 September 2015
Evangelical Alliance comment on Assisted Dying Bill
Commenting on the second reading of the Assisted Dying Bill Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, said:
“As Christians, we believe in the inherent dignity and value of every individual. Legalising assisted suicide could put pressure on vulnerable people to end their lives for fear of being a burden.
“The present law works well and doesn’t need changing. It acts as a powerful deterrent to the exploitation of vulnerable people, while also giving discretion to prosecutors and judges in challenging cases. Palliative care can provide properly for the needs of people and evidence shows that the number of people wanting assisted suicide drops when they receive good palliative care.
“We have a rich tradition of quality care for the dying and should continue promoting and investing in palliative care. We want to see a society that protects and supports people. Legalising assisted suicide would not do this.”
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