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Euthanasia Opinion

When ‘health care’ means the right to kill

Part of the absurdity of various legislation about euthanasia is that it is described as health care. Health care seeks to heal, cure, sustain and relieve suffering – but not to kill, writes Patrick McArdle. Source: The Catholic Weekly.


Archbishop’s warning on ACT’s euthanasia legislation

Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse has warned that the ACT’s proposed assisted suicide laws will not provide adequate protections to conscientious objectors, criticising the framework for undermining religious freedoms. Source: The Australian.


Calvary concerned over ACT’s proposed euthanasia laws

Calvary is “deeply concerned” the ACT’s proposed euthanasia laws could force it to allow practitioners to enter its facilities to discuss euthanasia with residents. Source: Canberra Times.


Police unprepared for incidents of people pressured to request euthanasia

Police in New South Wales lack protocols to deal with incidents of vulnerable people, such as the elderly, being put under pressure to request voluntary euthanasia. Source: The Australian.


State leaders push Labor to allow euthanasia telehealth consultations

State leaders are calling for the Albanese Government to amend Commonwealth laws and allow telehealth consultations for patients seeking access to euthanasia services. Source: ABC News.


Court ruling on telehealth euthanasia a ‘win for commonsense’

Townsville Bishop Timothy Harris, the bishops’ delegate for euthanasia, has welcomed a ruling that telehealth appointments for euthanasia are illegal as a “significant win for commonsense and decency”.  Source: The Catholic Weekly.


WA review rules out euthanasia for people with dementia

A review of Western Australia’s euthanasia laws has ruled out altering eligibility rules, despite the current and former premiers flagging support for access for people with dementia. Source: The West Australian.


Document helps those accompanying Catholics considering euthanasia

Australia’s Catholic bishops have released a new document to guide priests, chaplains and pastoral workers who are asked to provide pastoral support to Catholics who are considering euthanasia. Source: ACBC Media Blog.


MP launches bid to allow telehealth appointments about euthanasia

Independent MP Kate Chaney will push to amend federal laws that ban telecommunications services from being used to incite suicide, so that patients can access voluntary euthanasia appointments via telehealth. Source: The Guardian.