Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has urged people on the island of Guernsey to resist an attempt to allow assisted suicide.

Bishop Egan criticised proposals to decriminalise assisted suicide on the island, which is part of his diocese.

In a letter read aloud in Guernsey’s churches on Sunday, Bishop Egan said he wished to appeal to all people of goodwill “to overturn this grim proposal”.

“Let there be no death clinics in Guernsey,” Bishop Egan said. “I appeal to Catholics to mobilise. Speak out against this proposal. It is never permissible to do good by an evil means.”

The bill, which will be considered by legislators in May, is “fundamentally subversive, horrific and dangerous, however well-intentioned,” he said in his letter.

“It would be an intolerable and utterly immoral demand to ask medical staff, doctors and nurses, dedicated to preserving life, to extinguish the life of another human person,” Bishop Egan said.

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