Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill: Select Committee Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:35 pm on 10th October 2005.

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Photo of The Bishop of Winchester The Bishop of Winchester Bishop 7:35 pm, 10th October 2005

My Lords, before the noble Baroness sits down, is it her view—as it appears to be the view of others—that those who speak on these issues in the public domain from a position of religious faith are uniquely disqualified from doing so because that is among the positions from which they speak? Has it also occurred to her that bishops and others who speak on these matters do so in part out of a centuries-old tradition and from experience of being alongside people who are dying? Not only medical and nursing practitioners but clergy and ministers, too, speak out of that continuing experience—bishops continue to be priests and pastors. I wonder if those questions have informed the things that the noble Baroness has been saying.