Pope Francis: ill health is not a reason to 'eliminate a person'
‘The Vatican has renewed its opposition to assisted dying as parliament considers giving the terminally ill a right to end their lives.
On Friday, former Labour Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer’s Bill on the issue will come before the House of Lords for a second reading.
The Bill proposes allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients judged to have less than six months to live.
Despite acknowledging the motives behind the idea were ‘on the surface, compassionate’, senior Catholics today warned against the move.’
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