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Letters Religious support for assisted dying

Assisted dying: changing the law still has an unacceptably high price

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 20 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2513
  1. Rowan Williams, retired academic and past master
  1. Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK
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The support of some prominent religious figures for assisted dying has added a new element to the discussion,1 but the arguments remain essentially the same. Two broader points, however, need to be made clear.

Firstly, those resisting legal change include religious believers and unbelievers alike, as well as a large proportion of those directly involved in end-of-life care and palliative medicine. Secondly, the arguments against a change in the law are routinely …

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