Anglican Assisted Suicide

Church of England Opposes Assisted Suicide

Mark Tooley on November 3, 2021

Opposition to “right to die” legislation in Britain is now being led by Church of England bishops , showing that Christendom is not entirely dead, even in secular Britain. The proposal, which at least five bishops denounced in the House of Lords, would allow mentally competent adults in their last six months of life to seek death, pending approval from two doctors and a judge. Currently, the crime known as facilitating suicide can entail 14 years in prison

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  1. Comment by David on November 4, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Some states in the US already have laws allowing patients to refuse medical treatments. I had a friend who lost the ability to swallow after breaking his neck that left him paralyzed. After a discussion with his wife, he decided to have the feeding tube removed and he died a week or so afterwards after being heavily sedated. The same happened to my father who pulled out his tube and we took that as a sign of his decision and refused to have it replaced. Many persons, myself included, have “living wills” that prohibit certain medical treatments that unnecessarily prolong life at the end. There was a study of renal dialysis patients that found 60% regretted starting the procedure. I would urge anyone who does not want to linger to avoid religion-based hospitals.

  2. Comment by Douglas Ehrhardt on November 5, 2021 at 6:04 am

    Why are you posting on a Christian site? Trolling?

  3. Comment by David on November 5, 2021 at 7:56 am

    “Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.”

  4. Comment by td on November 6, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Uh, david, all people have the right to refuse any medical treatment they don’t want. I don’t see what this has to do with suicide. This is not what this article is about. And this article is not about what you wrote about. It is about actively seeking and causing death because of a terminal illness.

    And i am not sure what connection you are making with renal dialysis. 60% regret having renal dialysis? That is umfathomable; they don’t have to continue having it. And, yes, that action would cause death, but it would not be labeled suicide; it would be renal failure cause by their underlying health condition. Suicide would be renal failure caused by self administered drug overdose or something like that.

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