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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.
Sarah Wootton, chief executive at charity Dignity in Dying has been speaking to ITV Border about the discussion surrounding the Assisted Dying Bill.
The charity have called the current legislation an "out of date law" which turns "a blind eye to those who do compassionately assist."
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.
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.
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.
Parliament is discussing the plans today.
There are strong opinions on either side and it has divided the church as much as anyone.