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Religious Alliance for Dignity in Dying

We are a group of religious people from across the country who are fighting for a change in the law on assisted dying.

Together we can change the narrative on religion and assisted dying

We exist to change the perception that religious people are universally against assisted dying. Far from it.

Chair – Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE

“We must puncture the myth that religious people oppose assisted dying. Anti-choice religious leaders and groups don’t speak for the majority, we must work together to make the compassionate case for assisted dying.”

We already know that the congregations are on our side, but when the anti-choice faith groups and senior faith leaders speak with one voice against assisted dying, they silence the progressive religious majority.

Lord George Carey

“Through experience and frank discussions about assisted dying… I began to see that while medicine can do remarkable things for most dying people, there is an unfortunate minority who are forced to suffer unimaginable pain and misery.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Dying people should have the right to choose how and when they leave Mother Earth. I believe that, alongside the wonderful palliative care that exists, their choices should include a dignified assisted death.”

Reverend Canon Rosie Harper

“Don’t tell me that the time of someone’s death is purely God’s business. That at the moment when all a human soul wants is for it to end, God stands at the end of the bed and says: ‘No my child, it is my will that you suffer just a few more days.’”

A Populus survey commissioned in 2019 found that 80% of people with faith supported the legalisation of assisted dying for terminally ill adults with mental capacity, whether they would want the choice for themselves or not.

I believe in a compassionate God who never intended us to suffer long painful deaths. We’d enjoy our lives more if we didn’t have this concern. Doctors intervene all the time, so why shouldn’t they ease our passing at life’s end, if requested? If patients knew they’d be having an assisted death they could arrange to have loved-ones present and perhaps a chaplain to pray. We’re going to be with Jesus – so why hang onto life at any cost?

Ann, Dignity in Dying supporter

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