Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has appealed to New South Wales MPs to block proposed euthanasia laws due to be introduced to Parliament this week, saying the laws effectively amount to state-sanctioned killing. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Archbishop Fisher was speaking on the This Catholic Life podcast, in an episode which will be aired from Thursday.
Under Independent MP Alex Greenwich’s proposed bill, doctors would be allowed to suggest euthanasia to their patients, as long as information about treatment options and palliative care is also provided.
Mental illness – including a diagnosis of clinical depression – would not prevent a person from accessing euthanasia or assisted suicide.
Faith-based aged care facilities that object to euthanasia would still need to allow doctors and nurses on to their premises for every stage of the euthanasia process, including allowing them to enter and euthanase a patient on site.
Archbishop Fisher told This Catholic Life, the proposed laws would place doctors in a fundamentally compromised position.
New Premier Dominic Perrottet and Opposition Leader Chris Minns have both indicated they will oppose the bill.
Archbishop Fisher has urged Catholics to write directly to their local NSW state MPs, urging them to vote against the proposed laws.
Archbishop’s plea to NSW MPs (By Michael Kenny, The Catholic Weekly)
This Catholic Life (The Catholic Weekly)