Check the facts in euthanasia debate

THE public should carefully consider claims that euthanasia can be safe.

The move by NSW politicians to introduce a Bill along with the push in Victoria and Tasmania means all Australians need to investigate the truth claims of euthanasia advocates.

Celebrity advocate Andrew Denton told the National Press Club last year that overseas laws were working fine but a Dutch woman was recently physically restrained while she was killed by euthanasia.

In Belgium, the mentally ill are now routinely receiving euthanasia and in Holland and Belgium there are protocols for killing children by euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia in the low countries of Europe, often held up as a model for Australia, quickly morphed into a regime of suicide on demand for young and old.

The NSW proposal contains a prohibition on people younger than 25 asking for euthanasia, but these sorts of protections were short-lived in other jurisdictions.

The elderly and vulnerable would be pressured to “do the right thing” and receive euthanasia so that they would no longer be a burden on their family or society.

This debate requires far greater scrutiny by the public and by the media.

It also requires a greater focus on modern palliative care which is able to relieve the overwhelming majority of human suffering at end of life.

Lyle Shelton,

Australian Christian Lobby managing director

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