There is a renewed push in Victoria and many other parts for euthanasia and assisted suicide to be legalised. In this latest push the term ”assisted dying” is being used to end life of a loved one.
It is not an act of dignity to support ”assisted dying” it is the opposite of care and represents abandonment of the sick and the suffering of older and dying persons.
We should be clear that there is no safe way to kill people or to help them to their own suicide. For millennia, the church and civil society has understood such actions to be morally and ethically wrong. (Archbishop of Melb. Most Rev Denis Hart)
ONCE WE ALLOW THE STATE TO LEGISLATE ON WHO LIVES AND DIES, WE CROSS THE LINE, A VERY DANGEROUS LINE, A FUNDAMENTAL LINE ABOUT HOW SOCIETY WORKS, WHICH CAN EASILY LEAD TO ABUSE AND OVER APPLICATION OF THE LAW, IF IT WERE LEGISLATED.
Julian McMahon -Barrister
“Life certainly has a sacred and religious value, but in no way is that value a concern only of believers.”– Pope John Paul II
The Victorian Government is seeking to introduce euthanasia and assisted suicide later this year. The proposed changes will impact everyone, not just those terminally ill. The proposals then, as now, would allow some people to be treated differently under the law. It would create a lower threshold of care and civil protection afforded to the sick, suffering and vulnerable.
Such legislation is usually presented as being limited only to terminal illness, only for those in the last weeks and months of life. However the evidence from other jurisdictions (NT- Australia- 1996 experiment, Belgium-2014).
Legally sanctioning euthanasia or assisted suicide would radically change health care and impact everyone – not just the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals directly involved. It would ultimately harm us all.
Euthanasia always involves a second person and is therefore a public act with public consequences. One person assisting the death of another is a matter of significant public concern because it can lead to abuse, exploitation and erosion of care for vulnerable people. Euthanasia and assisted suicide can never be safe. Because those terminally ill (and others in the community) are vulnerable to powerful feelings of fear, depression, loneliness, not wanting to be a burden, and even to coercion from family members, no law can adequately protect them from euthanasia if it is available.
We need to care for those whose suffering is so serious that death seems more attractive than life. Love and compassion are shown by valuing their lives even if they struggle to do so themselves. Victorians deserve better than euthanasia and assisted suicide. (Archbishop of Melb. Most Rev Denis Hart)
Oppose this law, ask your parish priest how you can help or contact the Life, Marriage and Family Office on (03 9287 5587)
website http://www.cam.org.au/lifemarriagefamily of Melbourne Archdiocese