Assisted Suicide – Legislation with a stern face and a kind heart?

Rarely a week passes without media coverage of a high profile public figure expressing support for the introduction of assisted suicide (AS) legislation in the UK. Opinion polls are already reported to show a majority of the public in favour of such changes and a succession of tragic cases has appeared in the media to support and encourage this.  Thinking people need to understand the key issues and principles involved, whether from the perspective of Christian faith or not. A key issue is the moral, ethical and legal concept of ‘intention’. There is a world of difference between a medical act designed to end life, such as a lethal injection or medicine, and withdrawing a treatment which is ineffective or inappropriate. One is killing. The other is good practice. Continue reading