BY A STAFF REPORTER
THE Voluntary Euthanasia Bill, which is being introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday, is expected to meet much stronger opposition than the Abortion Bill in 1967.
Although the announcement of the Bill came only on the eve of Easter the Human Rights Society and various Catholic lay organisations have already asked their members to write to MPs and newspapers expressing their objections to the Bill.
Fr. W. Byrne, director of Salford Diocesan Catechetical Centre, said : "The timing of this announcement was perfect, coming as it did almost on the eve of Easter when so many people are away. The organisers of the Euthanasia Bill must have thought that there would be no time to organise effective opposition.
The Bill, which would legalise euthanasia in certain circumstances, is being introduced by Dr. Hugh Gray, Labour M.P. for Yarmouth.
The Human Rights Society points out that members of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society are well organised and that large numbers of letters from them are certain to appear. if such letters went unanswered an impression would be given that public opinion in general was behind the Bill.
Mrs. Cecilia Power, secretary of the Salford Diocesan Handicapped Children's Fellowship, said : "Now that Dr. Gtay plans to introduce his Bill in the near future we shall do all we can to get our members to contact their own M.P.s."
Mrs. Jose Nickson, an official of the Manchester Link Society. said : "If there had been stronger reaction beforehand the Abortion Bill might not have succeeded. We must act immediately."
Mrs. Helen McGrath, secretary of the Shrewsbury branch of the Union of Catholic Mothers, said that she would ask members to take appropriate action.