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Faith is not the argument against assisted dying

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5th November 2008

Lord Carlile QC takes issue with Lord Joffe's claims about faith-based opposition to assisted suicide...

Faith not the argument

In a robust letter to the Times, Lord Carlile QC has taken issue with Lord Joffe's recent accusations that religious leaders are largely responsible for the opposition to assisted suicide:

Sir, Lord Joffe's article (Debbie Purdy deserves a less terrible choice, Oct 30) cannot be allowed to pass unchallenged. His suggestion that opposition to assisted dying comes from people “largely under the influence of religious leaders” is nonsense. This is the familiar all-cats-have-tails fallacy...Read whole letter

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