Denver Newsroom, Sep 13, 2021 / 14:03 pm
A prominent Anglican archbishop has added his voice to those of several Catholic bishops in England and Wales opposing the legalization of assisted suicide.
Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of Wales, has expressed doubt that, under a proposed assisted suicide law, doctors would be delivering accurate prognoses to justify the prescription of lethal drugs to patients. He stated his concerns about the law in a statement published on the British Medical Journal website.
Williams said he fears that pressure on “overstrained families” and “overstretched medical systems,” combined with a lack of adequate palliative care, will lead to desperate people feeling as though they have no choice but to end their own lives.
“We should note that fear of such pressure within the medical system may discourage seriously ill patients from seeking appropriate medical help; the issues of doctor-patient trust involved are real,” Williams wrote.