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Welby and 23 other faith leaders declare opposition to assisted dying bill

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 07 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4807
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The United Kingdom will cross a “legal and ethical Rubicon” if parliament approves a bill to allow doctors in England and Wales to help terminally ill people end their lives, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has declared.1

The head of the Church of England, writing in the Observer newspaper, was joined by 23 other leaders of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other faith groups in a letter urging MPs not to support the Assisted Dying (No 2) Bill.2 High among their concerns was that vulnerable elderly …

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