The substantial financial earnings made by individual Church of England Bishops from their privileged place within the House of Lords have come under scrutiny, leading to further calls from the British Humanist Association (BHA) for their removal as a part of the impending reforms to the upper chamber.
Tony Nicklinson, a paralysed man who is campaigning for a doctor to be allowed to lawfully end his life, is having his case heard at the High Court this week. As a result of a stroke in 2005, he suffers from ‘locked-in syndrome’, which means that he is of sound mind, but is paralysed from the neck down and is unable to speak. Mr Nicklinson wants the judges presiding over his case to rule that, if he makes the informed decision to end his life, a doctor will be immune from prosecution if they help him to do so. The British Humanist Association (BHA) supports Mr Nicklinson’s legal case, and in addition to this, would also like to see legislation in Parliament to legalise assisted dying.