Jersey euthanasia bill is ‘against God’s law’ says bishop

Catholics should oppose plans to legalise assisted suicide in the States of Jersey, Portsmouth’s Bishop Philip Egan.

Politicians in Jersey have voted in favour of the proposition of legalising assisted suicide in the States of Jersey.

On 25 November 2021, 36 voted in favour, 10 against with three absent.

There will be further debate in 2022 and a draft law could be voted on in 2023.

But Bishop Egan, has been clear that Catholics could never support the motion.

“I was shocked and saddened by the results of the vote on euthanasia and assisted suicide in Jersey,” said the bishop.

“It demonstrates a woeful lack of interest in protecting the most vulnerable people in our society.

“If passed, it would also change fundamentally the role of doctors and medical staff.

“However, this is only the first step in the process of legalising ‘assisted suicide’.

“As such, we will continue to scrutinise and challenge any proposed legislation in the months ahead.”

Bishop Egan said Church teaching was “clear” that we can never help take the life of another, “even if they request it”.

“Killing people and committing suicide is against God’s law,” he said.

“All human life is a gift to be safeguarded from conception until natural death, and we reiterate our call for continuing investment in high quality palliative care, in order to preserve the dignity of some of our most vulnerable, at such difficult moments in their lives.”

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