Desmond Tutu latest religious figure to back right-to-die

Retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu is backing a law change on the right-to-die.
Retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu is backing a law change on the right-to-die. Credit: PA

Desmond Tutu has become the latest high-profile figure to come out in favour of a change in the law on the right-to-die.

Writing in the Observer, the former Anglican bishop said he reveres "the sanctity of life - but not at any cost."

His comments come after the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey said the case of locked-in sufferer Tony Nicklinson inspired him to change his mind on the issue.

A Bill to legalise assisted dying will be debated in the House of Lords next week.

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