Bishop leads opposition to Assisted Dying Bill in Parliament

The Bishop of Carlisle has spoken out against the government's plans to allow doctors to help people with a terminal condition end their life. The Bill being discussed in Parliament today proposes allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to terminally ill patients judged to have less than six months to live.

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Carlisle Bishop speaks out against assisted dying

The issue of assisted dying is back on the political agenda with a bill being debated in the House of Lords today.

Right-to-die campaigners say it will ease suffering of the terminally ill, they have even received the backing of a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Those who disagree include the current Bishop of Carlisle, The Right Reverend James Newcombe.

Fiona Marley Paterson has been talking to the Bishop, and two people diagnosed with chronic illnesses, who both have very different opinions on assisted dying.

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Bishop of Carlisle: Assisted dying 'not the right track to go down'

The Bishop of Carlisle has urged the Government not to pass a law that would allow doctors to prescribe drugs to end the life of someone with a terminal illness.

Those in favour of the bill say the plans would allow suffering to be eased when people have six months or less to live.

However, The Right Reverend James Newcome told ITV Border the church does not support the idea.

The Assisted Dying Bill: Where do you stand?

We asked two people in Cumbria with chronic, degenerative illnesses what they thought about the issue of assisted dying.

Iain Bainbridge is from Kendal. He is a father, a businessman and a Christian. Six years ago his future was turned upside down when he was told he has Multiple Sclerosis - but he does not agree with the idea of assisted dying,

However, Eric Tiffin doesn't agree. He is from Penrith and has Motor Neurone Disease.

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