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Anglican bishop sounds warning on assisted suicide bill

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Editor’s note. The following comes from the British pro-life group SPUC— the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

SPUC has welcomed an Anglican bishop’s warning about the assisted suicide bill due to be debated in Parliament at Westminster on September 11.

Rt. Rev. Mike Hill, the Bishop of Bristol, has warned on his blog that the desire of the seriously ill ‘not to be a burden‘ is “capable of ruthless manipulation”

Bishop Hill also said that “the Christian Church has a long and noble history of seeking to assist people to die well without killing them … We need more palliative care provision rather than handing out the right in law to take life.”

“We congratulate Bishop Hill for his courageous witness to the sanctity of human life,” said Paul Tully, SPUC’s general secretary.

He has given a good example to his fellow Anglican bishops and clergy and to all Christians. Seeking to assist people to die well without killing them is both a Christian and a deeply-rooted British value. Christians throughout history are famous for establishing hospices amongst the poorest, whether it be in London in the Middle Ages or in Mother Teresa’s Calcutta in the 20th century.”

The “Assisted Dying” bill, introduced into Parliament by Rob Marris MP, mean that terminally ill, disabled and elderly people will become second-class citizens and doctors will be turned into killers. You can help stop this from happening.

If we don’t stop the bill, medical killing will inevitably spread more and more widely.

The Anglican bishop’s warning on the assisted suicide bill brings to light the complex ethical, moral, and religious considerations surrounding end-of-life care and the legalization of assisted dying. His concerns reflect a broader debate within society about the right to die, autonomy, and the sanctity of life.

As the bishop sounds the alarm, it’s crucial to delve into the nuances of the assisted suicide bill and the implications it holds for individuals, families, healthcare professionals, and society as a whole. The legalization of assisted dying raises profound questions about human dignity, suffering, and the role of medical professionals in end-of-life care.

From a religious perspective, many faith traditions, including Anglicanism, hold life to be sacred and advocate for compassionate care for the sick and dying. The bishop’s warning likely stems from concerns about the potential erosion of these values and the ethical dilemmas that legalized assisted dying may present for individuals and communities guided by religious principles.

Furthermore, the bishop’s warning underscores broader societal concerns about the potential consequences of legalizing assisted suicide. These may include issues related to consent, safeguards against abuse or coercion, and the impact on vulnerable populations, such as the elderly or those with disabilities. There are also considerations about the role of healthcare professionals, who may find themselves in morally challenging positions if required to participate in assisted dying practices contrary to their beliefs or ethical standards.

The debate surrounding assisted suicide is inherently complex and multifaceted, touching upon deeply held beliefs, personal autonomy, and the responsibilities of society to its members, particularly those facing terminal illness or unbearable suffering. As lawmakers consider the assisted suicide bill, it’s imperative to engage in thoughtful and inclusive dialogue that considers the perspectives of various stakeholders, including religious communities, medical professionals, ethicists, and advocates for patient rights.

Ultimately, any decision regarding assisted dying legislation must carefully balance individual autonomy with the protection of vulnerable populations, uphold the principles of compassion and dignity in end-of-life care, and respect the diverse religious and ethical beliefs present within society. The Anglican bishop’s warning serves as a reminder of the weighty moral and spiritual dimensions inherent in this debate and the need for careful deliberation and reflection before enacting significant changes to end-of-life care laws.


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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