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Church of England passed a motion opposing law on assisted suicide

The Church of England has passed a motion reaffirming its opposition to a proposal to legalize assisted suicide, calling on the government to better fund alternative approaches.


At the denomination’s General Synod meeting, members passed a Private Member’s Motion on Sunday calling for the laws on assisted suicide to remain unchanged, and to have more state support given to palliative care options.

The motion, which passed by a vote of 289 in favor, 25 against and 33 abstentions, called on the United Kingdom to “guarantee and expedite the adequate funding and resourcing of palliative care services within the [National Health Service] to ensure that the highest possible standards of care are achieved and made universally accessible.”

The motion also stated that the denomination believes that “the current legislation in relation to Assisted Suicide referenced in Section 2 of the Suicide Act 1961 (and its application through the [Director of Public Prosecutions] guidelines) should remain unchanged.”


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