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Supporter of assisted dying law fears wrecking tactics by opponents

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 15 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4629
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

Two powerful interventions by former Anglican archbishops, including a retired Archbishop of Canterbury, have given a boost to the Assisted Dying Bill, which is due to be debated for the first time in the UK parliament on 18 July.

The bill, introduced by the Labour peer Charles Falconer, will have its second reading debate in the House of Lords, where bishop members of the Lords have largely opposed it.1 But George Carey, who as Archbishop of Canterbury opposed a previous attempt to legalise assisted suicide, wrote in the Daily Mail that he had changed his mind “in the face of the reality of needless suffering” and would now support a …

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