Euthanasia - we can live without it.
The QLD government is currently holding an inquiry which is considering the introduction of euthanasia legislation. Euthanasia as a concept fundamentally corrupts one of the most important and precious truths that we hold to be self-evident – the invaluable worth of a human life, created in the image of God.
Your voice is important.
It is important to understand that legalising euthanasia is not merely a change to our law. Legalised killing demands a massive paradigm shift from an ethical and legal framework that declares the deliberate taking of life by private citizens (including medical professionals) as morally insupportable, to one which allows relative and circumstantial evaluations to be made about different lives on a case-by-case basis.
Euthanasia can only be contemplated by putting aside the current legal recognition of the unique and infinite value of the human person, to instead embrace the acknowledgment that some lives are not worth living. We reject this. The gospel is profoundly pro-life.
Queensland currently has the second highest suicide rate in Australia. To introduce a means by which people can be assisted to commit suicide is incredibly irresponsible. We are also seeing a rise in elder abuse and inheritance impatience which must be considered in any of these conversations. When I gave testimony to the Committee overseeing this inquiry I heard people advocate for euthanasia to be available for children and for those with non life-threatening conditions or mental illness.
We must do better to care for the most vulnerable in our society.
ACL will continue to call on the QLD government to say no to the introduction of a death system, and say yes to addressing our current crisis in underfunding of palliative care services, especially in rural and remote areas.
Thank you for joining us as we stand for life.