Media Release

Minors treated like adults in radical ACT Euthanasia Report

The ACT Government is highlighting its determination to have the most radical euthanasia legislation, specifically targeting teens, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

This morning in the ACT Legislative Assembly, Minister for Human Rights, Ms. Tara Cheyne asserted that Canberrans agree that “limiting VAD to over eighteen-year-olds was an arbitrary limit, given that young people under the age of 18 have intolerable end of life suffering through terminal illnesses as well”.

Rob Norman, ACT’s political director said, “For Minister Cheyne to state that minors ‘should have the same end of life choices as adults’ opens a modern day pandora’s box. Assuming minors have the same capacity as adults in making life-ending decisions is absurd. Minister Cheyne’s proposition that minors should be able to access assisted suicide sends a dangerous message to vulnerable teenagers and undermines the prevention of youth suicide.”

The Australian Christian Lobby calls on the ACT Government to abandon this pro-death legislation.

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