Care Not Killing is a UK-based alliance of individuals and organisations which brings together disability and human rights groups, healthcare providers, and faith-based bodies, with the aims of:
- promoting more and better palliative care;
- ensuring that existing laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide are not weakened or repealed;
- influencing the balance of public opinion against any further weakening of the law.
You can see our position and policy here.
Care Not Killing seek to attract the broadest support among the very many in the medical profession and allied health services and in society at large who are opposed to euthanasia. It appeals to those of all faiths and none by adducing arguments based on reason alone, by avoiding any appeals to extremism, and by drawing on and developing a well-researched evidence base.
Care Not Killing brings together professional bodies, charities and faith-based organisations who together set and maintain the strategy of the Alliance. By joining the Alliance member organisations sign up to the above three aims and to collaboration in achieving them, but otherwise retain complete autonomy.
Care Not Killing is run by CNK Alliance Ltd, registered in England and Wales as a Limited Liability Company (number 06360578, address: 6 Marshalsea Road, London. SE1 1HL).
A Strategy Group and Advisory Board ensure that the Alliance:
- campaigns positively for increased provision of better palliative care, including more funding for hospices and better residential care for the infirm elderly and for the dying, recognising that the fear of dying alone and in pain is a powerful driver of the pro-euthanasia movement.
- provides simple, compelling and clear campaigning under the slogan 'Care Not Killing' with supporting evidence to marshal support against Bills to legalise euthanasia or assisted suicide;
- produces and maintains an excellent website with links to well founded research on the effects of legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide;
- develops a network of expert spokespeople from core group member organisations and produces powerful advocacy in the media against euthanasia;
- funds opinion polls and supports research where needed to increase support;
- monitors developments in the courts;
- seek to build up and mobilise mass political support to be deployed with maximum impact on the parliamentary process as and when necessary.