I spent time with an older person yesterday. I’ve been told more than once by someone that I have visited; ‘I felt so much better when you left’, which can be taken two ways. Anyway, whilst there, the person was under the impression that there was a new law going through Parliament to legalise assisted suicide. The person, who suffers with ill health, was far from pleased at the prospect.
Thankfully, I’d been following the story today and was able to reassure them that this was an independent report and the government had stated that they had no intention of changing the present law.
I have already commented on this whole debate here. Like many Christians I have strong views on the subject, God is the giver of life, it is a gift, but we must stand with those who are suffering. People suffering with chronic illnesses depend on others for care and support, they often feel like a burden to those that they love. To apply pressure on sick and vulnerable people to ease the burden that they place on the family by ending it all, is in my mind, unspeakably cruel.
The report was published this week but there was already an attempt to keep the item in the news by announcing some of the findings in advance. The BBC’s website states;
“There is a “strong case” for allowing assisted suicide for people who are terminally ill in England and Wales, a group of experts says.”
If you would like more information on this ‘group of experts’, Peter Saunders, CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship has spent time looking at the panel members here. In summary, we have an interest group, selecting a chairman with the same views (Lord Falconer), who then selects a panel, loaded with a majority who, surprisingly, share the same view and surprise, surprise, they come to the same conclusion. Hands up if you saw that one coming. It’s a bit like commissioning a report on the performance of the Government with a panel drawn exclusively from members of the Labour Party. People are free to publish reports on all manner of subjects but if those reports are to have any value they must surely be independent.
Let us pray for Christians involved in making a public stand on this issue, for those who are enduring the trial of serious illness and let us act to show the love of God to the lost and the suffering.
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