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Letters Religious support for assisted dying

Religious support for assisted dying: we must not gamble with vulnerable people’s lives in changing the law

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 20 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2510
  1. Brendan McCarthy, Church of England national adviser on medical ethics and health and social care policy
  1. Church House, London SW1P 3AZ, UK
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The “new religious alliance in support of doctor assisted dying” has stated that it wishes to counter “the impression being conveyed that all faith groups are implacably opposed to changes in the law to help people longing to die on their own terms, without discomfort, indignity, or extreme pain.”1

The Church of England does not oppose enabling people to die well: that is a goal …

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