The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has broken ranks with his church and indicated that he will support a bill for assisted dying on its second reading in the House of Lords next week.
“This change of heart from a senior Anglican church figure in the UK reflects the views of many Christians in Australia who support assisted dying,” said Greens Member for Franklin Nick McKim MP.
“Lord Carey has quite rightly pointed out that arguments against assisted dying fail to address the fundamental issue that the law currently forces terminally ill patients to endure unbearable suffering.”
“Our current laws lack compassion and respect for human dignity, and should be changed to provide greater protection for both doctors and terminally ill patients.”
Mr McKim has committed to re-introducing a bill for assisted dying in this term of the Tasmanian parliament.