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Euthanasia: An Update

Introduction Each of the seven editions of the CMF Journal from January 1992 to July 1993 carried an article on a different aspect of the euthanasia debate, which was then raging nationally. These articles were later lightly edited and bound...
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Twelve Reasons... Why Euthanasia Should Not be Legalised

This webpage was initially part of a private submission to the Government of the Northern Territory of Australia in 1994/5 at the time they were considering the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act. The author, Peter Saunders MBChB FRACS, is a...
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Chapter 3 - Suicide Down the Ages - A Judeo-Christian Perspective (Euthanasia Booklet)

IntroductionThe arguments for and, particularly, against suicide are very similar to those that concern euthanasia and since they have already been discussed at length in this book and elsewhere I won't reiterate them here.[1,2] One of the difficulties facing the Christian who wishes to arrive at an ethical understanding of...

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Chapter 7 - Submission from CMF to the Select Committee of the House of Lords on Medical Ethics (Euthanasia Booklet)

The Submission can be found at www.cmf.org.uk/ethics/submissions/?id=2.

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Chapter 4 - Should Doctors Support the Living Will? (Euthanasia Booklet)

Although the concept of the living will has been around in the USA for over 20 years, there are still some doctors in Britain to whom it is unfamiliar. So it will be well to start with a definition. The term 'living will' has been applied to a written statement...

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A Right to Die (nucleus - spring 1994)

'It's my right' has become a rallying cry in this century, relating to almost any matter from human rights to the right to a holiday. Some very basic rights in the area of life and death are being claimed. A person's right to life itself is one with which we...

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Chapter 1 - Introduction (Euthanasia Booklet)

Throughout its history Christian Medical Fellowship has campaigned quietly but consistently against euthanasia. There has never been greater cause for concern. In September 1991 there were more than 60 mentions of euthanasia in national newspapers and magazines. In a two week period in October/November that year there were at least...

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Chapter 5 - A Doctor's Dilemma (Euthanasia Booklet)

In September 1992 Dr Nigel Cox, an experienced rheumatologist, was convicted of attempted murder for killing a terminally ill patient with intravenous potassium chloride. According to reports in the media, the patient suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis, was bedbound, had a gastric ulcer and bedsores; all agreed that her life...

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Submission from CMF to the BMA Working Party on Advance Directives (01/01/1994)

Introduction Christian Medical Fellowship is interdenominational and has as members well over 4,000 British doctors who are Christians and who desire their professional and personal lives to be governed by...
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Chapter 2 - Thou Shalt Not Kill - The Christian case against compassionate killing (Euthanasia Booklet)

There are only two instances of voluntary euthanasia in the Bible. In the first, Abimelech, believing himself to be fatally wounded with a fractured skull after being hit on the head by a millstone, asks his armour-bearer to kill him. His request is granted and the Israelite leader is thus...

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