Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

There has been much debate in the UK in recent years over issues concerning the end of life, such as assisted suicide and euthanasia. 

On one level, suffering –particularly struggling towards the end of life – is to be avoided.  It is something which many fear and can be intensely painful for both the sufferer and loved ones who feel powerless to act. However, we believe that any discussion about suffering, life and death must be framed in the context of faith in a sovereign God who is supremely in control, whose love and attention does not waver according to circumstances and whose ways are beyond our understanding.

Fundamentally, we are deeply concerned that any law which legalises assisted suicide or euthanasia will fatally undermine human dignity and what it means to be created in God’s likeness. There is no way by which any law legalising assisted suicide or euthanasia can be made safe from abuse or negligence, resulting in the death of innocent people.We therefore take active steps to support truly compassionate approaches to care at the end of life being articulated in our parliaments and assemblies.

Live and Let Live is CARE’s campaign to inform and equip you to take action on the issues of assisted suicide and euthanasia.

We will keep you updated with the latest news on these topics. We will also provide you with great resources to share with your friends and Church as well as to help you understand the complexities of these issues for yourself. CARE works with partner organisations to defend the value of life in society. We are members of the Care Not Killing alliance and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Europe. A key part of our work lies in encouraging MPs and Peers to stand up for the vulnerable in the Houses of Parliament on palliative care, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Read our latest news on assisted suicide here.

Explore our Live and Let Live resources on this cause below.

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What is Euthanasia?

Definitions of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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The Arguments

The arguments for and against euthanasia.

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Christian Views

Download our Biblical discussion booklets here.

Why say 'No'?

Behind CARE's stance on euthanasia.

Finishing Line

Unique new study course on assisted dying.

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Personal Stories

Read stories of those personally affected.

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Practical Support

Some practical support and help that is available.

Prayer Points

Equipping people to pray around this issue.

The History

A background to euthanasia and the law.

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Other Countries

A country comparison on euthanasia.

Wider Debate

Watch a range of interviews and debates.

' The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. '

1 Samuel 2: 6 (NLT)