Issues surrounding the end of life continue to provoke controversy and debate, with deeply and passionately held opinions on all sides of any argument. The position of the Church however remains that, while the relief of suffering is an obligation, the artificial ending of life is unacceptable.
The Church and Society Council has produced an update for the earlier Board of Social Responsibility publication on Euthanasia, which can be downloaded below. Contact the Church and Society office to obtain copies of the original book or the supplement at firstname.lastname@example.org
- End of Life Issues: A Christian perspective (a discussion starter for groups)
- 'End of Life Issues' General Assembly report 2009
- Euthanasia: A Christian Perspective 1995 report (updated 1997)
- Euthanasia: A Christian Perspective 2008 supplement
End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill
This Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 20 January 2010. It was debated on 1 December and defeated by 85 votes to 16. To read it, visit www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/bills/38-EndLifeAssist/index.htm
- Response to the call for evidence on the Bill prepared by the Methodist Church in Scotland, Salvation Army and Church of Scotland in May 2010
- The 'End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill' supplementary report by Church and Society Council, 2010 General Assembly
- Response to the consultation for the proposed Bill by the Church and Society Council, February 2009
- Letter to MSPs asking them to oppose the Bill, April 09
- SCPO Briefing Paper: End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill
Living and Dying Well: A National Action Plan for Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland
The Scottish Government produced a report on Living and Dying Well: A National Action Plan for Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland, which can be read on its website at www.scotland.gov.uk/.
Proposed Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Government's consultation on Proposed Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill can be read at www.scottish.parliament.uk/ . The Church responded to the consultation below, and to the call for evidence on the Bill.
- Response to Proposed Palliative Care consultation, Feb 2009
- Response to the call for evidence on the Proposed Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill, September 2010
Death Certification, Burial and Cremation
The Church responded to the Scottish Government below.