The Church of England will have to continue wrestling with the topic of assisted suicide, the Speaker's chaplain to the House of Commons told ITV News, as the church is to hold a key meeting today. Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin said:
It is a controversial debate. But I don't think it puts the church in a difficult position [...] The church genuinely wants to ensure that those who are vulnerable in society are not left in an even more vulnerable position.
The reality is I believe that we cannot edit suffering out of our world when it comes to sickness or illness. So as a society we do need to find compassionate ways to be there with each other. So the church will have to continue to wrestle with this topic. It's not something that's going to go away.
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Chris Woodhead, the ex-Ofsted chief who suffers from motor neurone disease, has made an emotional call for assisted dying to be legalised.
Lord Falconer insists his Bill will provide clarity to fix Britain's "broken" laws around assisted death whilst protecting the vulnerable.