Bishop of Swindon Lee Rayfield—Let’s not take the path of assisted dying

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Although it may look otherwise the arguments around assisted suicide are about two different trajectories for our society and that is why passion is running high. I cannot remember an issue that has so united the bishops of the Church of England – not a group famed for their unanimity! I hope this may paradoxically be a sign that this is not all about "religion" but the nature of our humanity and what sort of society we want to be a part of. A position paper from the Church of England said this: "Suffering may be met with compassion, commitment to high quality services and effective medication; meeting it by assisted suicide or through voluntary euthanasia, however well intentioned, is merely removing it in the crudest way possible."

I very much hope that Keir Starmer's guidelines will be recognised as providing the nuance and discretion needed for our social and moral wellbeing and steer us away from the road to legalising assisted suicide. If we want to build a society which majors on compassion and care, which supports those who are dying or fearful of growing infirm and a burden, there are far better roads for us to travel.

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