Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has warned the rights of faith-based health and aged care providers will be threatened unless amendments are made to euthanasia laws set to pass in New South Wales. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
After the state's upper house debates amendments to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill next Wednesday, NSW will become the final state to fall to euthanasia in Australia.
Independent MP Alex Greenwich, who moved the legislation with 28 co-sponsors, said he wanted to see the end of what has been a “long and overdue journey”.
But Archbishop Fisher said the matter was now a matter of religious freedom, insofar as forcing Catholic medical providers or aged care facilities to offer euthanasia would be a “grave attack” on their moral convictions.
“With amendments to this kill bill now due to be debated, I call upon our MPs, even those who are in favour of this bill, to agree to reasonable amendments to provide some limited protections for those most vulnerable and to ensure that faith-based providers of medical and aged care services can continue to offer a choice to residents who do not want to be associated with this lethal regime in any way,” Archbishop Fisher said.
Catholic Health Australia, Anglicare and HammondCare issued a joint statement in the wake of the vote, urging MPs to “protect the choice of residents in aged care facilities who do not want anything to do with assisted dying”.
Protect faith based providers from “Kill Bill”: Archbishop Fisher (By Adam Wesselinoff, The Catholic Weekly)