The wrong path
· British religious leaders on the Assisted Dying Bill ·
“Every human life is of intrinsic value and ought to be affirmed and cherished. This is central to our laws and our social relationships ”.
This declaration is supported by 23 British religious leaders – among whom are Justin Welby, Primate of the Anglican Communion, Cardinal Vincent Gerard Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth – in a joint statement published the day before debate is to begin on 18 July in the House of Lords on the Assisted Dying Bill. Proposed by the Labour Party's Charles Falconer, the measure would open the doors to “assisted death” for all adults diagnosed with less than six months to live. The religious leaders previously declared in an audience at the House of Lords that, if approved, the provision “would have a serious detrimental effect on the well-being of individuals and on the nature and shape of our society”. The new statement begins with a firm conviction: “As leaders of faith communities, we wish to state our joint response to Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill”. From here it delves directly into its emphasis on the intangible and “intrinsic value” of every human life, which is the cornerstone of society.
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