Life Issues

All life is sacred - a gift from God. This is why the Church opposes abortion (ending life in the womb) and Euthanasia (ending life before natural death).

Instead the Church believes all life should be cherished at all times. The Church endorses practical initiatives to help those in need including better palliative care for the terminally ill, and support for mothers-to-be.

The Assisted Dying Bill 2021 – also known as ‘the Meacher Bill’

Earlier this year, a Private Members Bill on ‘Assisted Dying’ was introduced in the House of Lords by Baroness Molly Meacher, Chair of Dignity in Dying. It is due its second reading mid-October 2021, where there will be a full debate in the House of Lords. The Bill is almost identical in form to the ‘Marris Bill’, which was overwhelmingly defeated by 330 votes to 118. In the House of Commons in 2015. None of the serious concerns raised at the time have been factored into this new piece of legislation.

In essence it permits an adult who is terminally ill (less than 6 months to live) to be assisted in ending their life, provided a declaration is signed by them, a witness, two doctors (one attending and one independent) and a Judge of the High Court Family Division has then consented to the request. Full details of the Bill can be found here.

Our main concerns with the Bill can be summarised as follows: Protecting the Most Vulnerable, The Experience of Other Countries and Investing in Care and Not Ending Care. Find out more.

Opposing the Assisted Dying Bill 2021

In 2021, a Private Members Bill on ‘Assisted Dying’ was introduced in the House of Lords by Baroness Molly Meacher, Chair of Dignity in Dying. It is due its second reading on 22 October, where there will be a full debate in the House of Lords.

Church Teaching - End of Life Issues

Encyclicals, Church Teachings and letters from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith all with a focus on End of Life Issues

Prayers During Serious Illness

Prayers and Scripture for use in times sickness and death

The Art of Dying Well

What do we mean when we talk about 'dying well'? This is one of life's greatest questions.

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre is a Roman Catholic academic institute.

Living and Dying Well

Living and Dying Well researches and analyses the evidence surrounding the 'assisted dying' debate. Their aim is to present readers with reliable information on which to form their own views.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dying Well

All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues.