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Religious leaders raise concerns on assisted suicide bill with MSPs
January 30th, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS
Religious leaders in Scotland have united to condemn plans to legalise assisted suicide in the country, warning that the proposed changes in the law are ‘dangerous’ and could create a ‘culture of suicide.’
On Tuesday the Scottish Parliament’s health and sport committee, which is examining the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, heard from a number of religious figures who expressed their fears over the proposed legislation. They also heard from palliative care experts who said this issue was better decided in the courts. The proposed law, which is being taken forward by Green MSP Patrick Harvie (SCO interview coming next month), would allow those with terminal or life-shortening illnesses to obtain help in ending their life. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley told the SCO that ‘while compassion may motivate those who seek to permit assisted suicide, we will have failed as a society when we concede that the only way to end suffering is death.’ “Such an admission would put us on a very dangerous path, one which many well intentioned supporters of this legislation may not even have considered,” he said. “Countries which have enacted such... continue reading.