Pro-life advocates waved placards outside Queensland Parliament yesterday as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk prepared to introduce a bill to legalise euthanasia. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Among them was John Simpson, 74, who didn’t mind braving Brisbane’s early morning chill to protest the Government’s push for euthanasia laws.
“I think we have to stand up for the people,” Mr Simpson said.
“I’m still fit and healthy but I know a lot of people my age aren’t fit and healthy and do think ‘it’s getting tough, and now they’ll help us die’ – so they could take that option.”
After being formerly introduced into Parliament, Queensland’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has now been referred to the Health and Safety Committee for a 12-week consultation.
It will give each state MP a chance to thoroughly read the bill, consider its myriad implications and hear from constituents on the life-or-death issue.
The Church has joined many medical professionals who say authorities should be doing all they can to protect Queenslanders rather than assist them in dying.
“The State Government talks about providing ‘choices’ for Queenslanders but the truth is that very few regional, rural and remote Queenslanders have a choice because of the dire underfunding and lack of availability of palliative care,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in a statement.
The Australian Medical Association Queensland and Palliative Care Queensland have called for a major boost in state funding for end of life care.
Protesters speak out against euthanasia laws as premier introduces bill (By Mark Bowling, The Catholic Leader)