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Letters Religious support for assisted dying

Religious support for assisted dying: moral anchors are rooted outside faith traditions

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 19 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2516
  1. Moshe Freedman, rabbi and Jewish chaplain, Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy1,
  2. Aryeh Greenberg, specialist registrar in clinical oncology2
  1. 1New West End Synagogue, London, UK
  2. 2University College Hospital, London, UK
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The assertion proffered by Romain and Carey—that religious opposition to doctor assisted dying “is not largely on theological grounds” and that “nothing in our religious texts opposes” it—is theologically flawed.1

The Torah (for example, Exodus 21:19) obligates us to care for those who are unwell, and the Talmud famously equates the saving of life with the saving of an entire world (Sanhedrin …

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