The Church of England took a radical step towards backing ‘mercy killing’ of terminally ill patients last night after one of its leading authorities said that there was a ‘strong compassionate case’ for voluntary euthanasia.
Canon Professor Robin Gill, a chief adviser to Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said people should not be prosecuted for helping dying relatives who are in pain end their lives. Last week Gill was sent by Williams to give evidence to a parliamentary committee investigating euthanasia.

Gill’s stance marks a major shift by the Church of England and was welcomed by groups campaigning for a change in the law to allow for people to be helped to die under strictly limited circumstances. (guardian)