Australian Anglicans urge state government to drop euthanasia bill

Posted Oct 25, 2017

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Melbourne Diocesan Synod has urged politicians in the Australian state of Victoria not to legalize medically assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill will be debated in the 40-member Legislative Council – the upper chamber of the state parliament – next week.

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Comments (2)

  1. Barbara Reynolds says:

    Death with dignity is a choice made between the suffering person and their physician. If I had no quality of life and was in continuous pain, I would want to be able to choose a death that I could control. Otherwise, I would probably be in the hospital with all kinds of tubes and treatments that would be like torture, We need palliative care and choice of a dignified death. The church can help when a person is ill to make that decision. Please don’t inflict a rule on everybody. B

  2. Don Hassemer MD says:

    As an Episcopal priest and a hospice physician, I personally would be supportive of severely restricting assisted suicide. That being said, there certainly are times in certain diseases with no hope of even the elimination of suffering, much less a cure. The decisions in those cases must be left up to the patient, family and his/her physician. Playing the God game is not for us, as priests, physicians, and certainly not politicians.

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