A Catholic aged care organisation has affirmed that it will not participate in euthanasia if legislation allowing it passes in Tasmania. Source: The Advocate.
Southern Cross Care chief executive Robyn Boyd yesterday confirmed the organisation opposed the proposed legislation. She said as Catholic organisation, Southern Cross Care is aligned with “the Catholic ethos” and believed in the sanctity of life.
She said the bill was “fundamentally flawed”.
However, Ms Boyd said the organisation would not be able to go so far as to prevent residents from accessing euthanasia if it does become legal in Tasmania, but it would not participate or provide it in their aged care facilities.
The proponent of the bill, independent MP Mike Gaffney, said he found Southern Cross Care’s position on the legislation “quite concerning”.
The bill will return to parliament for debate later this month, and Mr Gaffney said he was aware of an amendment which may be tabled allowing for conscientious objection by organisations.
He said the amendment would stop Tasmanians who reside in facilities who have declared an objection from accessing euthanasia, forcing them to move to a different facility.
Ms Boyd said SCC would not force a resident to vacate if they wish to access euthanasia should it become legal.
Catholic Southern Cross Care opposes Tasmanian assisted dying legislation on religious grounds (By Sandy Powell, The Advocate)