Assisted Dying - again
Some of you may remember that I wrote about Lord Joffe's bill back in
May 2003. One can admire his persistence - the bill failed the first time
round but Lord Joffe's trying again. But persistence is also a Christian
virtue (have you noticed that ‘overcome’ or ‘conquer’ is the
exhortation that is common to all seven letters to the churches in
Revelation chapters 2 and 3?), so I thought you might like to be reminded
to express again your concerns to government.
This is the letter that the Christian Medical Fellowship are
Lord Joffe's Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill bill, which
seeks to legalise assisted suicide in England and Wales, is due for its
second reading in the House of Lords on 12 May. We are strongly opposed
to this bill and believe it to be a deeply flawed piece of legislation
that will put the most vulnerable members of society at serious risk.
A petition against the bill was launched on the Care Not Killing
on Thursday 13 April. If you share our concerns please visit the
website. It only takes a few moments to sign. To enable those without
internet access to sign, and to take to churches or workplaces, you can
download a petition form from the website which can be mailed in once
Please spread the word and join us in gathering support by forwarding
this message to sympathetic friends, family, work colleagues and others.
The petition will be delivered to 10 Downing Street on 12 May.
Peter Saunders General Secretary Christian Medical Fellowship Email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to re-read my earlier reflection, it's at www.allbelievers.org/change/reflections/28-5-03.htm.
Yours in Christ