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CARE: "There's clear commandments about not taking life" as assisted dying is debated in House of Commons

by Alex Collett

The debate surrounding assisted dying has returned to the House of Commons.

It's after a petition calling for assisted dying legalisation reached the required number of 100-thousand signatures.

Under the Suicide Act of 1961, it is currently a criminal offence to help someone to take their own life, punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

James Mildred is from Christian social policy charity CARE which campaigns on assisted suicide and believes only God determines when someone dies.

"There's clear commandments about not taking life, so even the 10 commandments or the 10 words has a specific commandment 'You shall not kill.'

"We believe that assisted suicide legislation would ultimately break that commandment and then we come back to the fact that time and time again in the Bible, it's so clear that God is on the side of the vulnerable and who would be most affected by the legalization of assisted suicide.

"It's not healthy people. It's not people with lots of money, middle class people, it's people from poor communities, it's those living with disabilities. 

"It's the elderly, it's a terminally ill, the very people that we should be caring for. So our message of care has always been less care, not kill, and any right to die would very quickly become a duty to die and
that is a backward step for us as a society."

James goes onto say that, from the very beginning of the Bible, human beings are made in the image of God. 

In 2015, when MPs last debated this topic, it was "comprehensively knocked back."

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