Concerns have been raised by the Australian Christian Lobby’s state director Peter Abetz as the debate surrounding euthanasia in Western Australia continues to grow.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk promised the state government wouldn’t look at euthanasia legislation during this term, making her policy backflip at the weekend during Labor’s state conference even more concerning, said the Australian Christian Lobby.
Euthanasia was defeated in the Federal Parliament recently against the odds. The numbers changed rapidly in a short period of time. That was once doctors and others had conversations with politicians and they simply changed their minds.
The Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices has today tabled the Chair’s pro-euthanasia report in parliament.
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment at the obvious and transparent support for euthanasia in Ms Amber-Jade Sanderson’s report.
The Australian Christian Lobby has thanked all the senators who voted to preserve the dignity of life in tonight’s euthanasia vote.
Martyn Iles, managing director of the ACL said, “It is great to hear that the senate has upheld the dignity of life for all Australians.
“We know from international experiences that euthanasia is a slippery slope which leads to cases like in Belgium recently where a nine-year-old with a brain tumour and an eleven-year-old with cystic fibrosis were euthanised.
“The inherent value of every life must continue to be maintained. Australia must not become the kind of society where some lives where considered worthier of life than others.”
The Australian Christian Lobby is optimistic that this decision in favour of life will positively influence the state debates on this issue.
Australian lives must not be traded for votes on legislation the Australian Christian Lobby said today.
The comments come after Senator Leyonhjelm reiterated his threat on 2GB radio this morning to wreak havoc on the government’s legislative agenda if his bill to open the way for euthanasia in the Territories wasn't allowed a free vote in both houses of parliament.
Labor’s culture of death is a growing concern with a new push for euthanasia legislation to be considered by parliament ‘as a matter of urgency’.
Wendy Francis, the Australian Christian Lobby’s state director said; “It is concerning to see Labor’s legislative agenda focus so heavily on who gets to live and who must die.
If Senator Leyonhjelm gets his way every Australian will be able to prematurely end their lives, the Australian Christian Lobby warns.
If the Leyonhjelm bill passes federal parliament one thing is guaranteed: the ACT will implement euthanasia legislation.
Slippery slope arguments are not always invalid.
Indeed, in some cases they are very important.
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