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Euthanasia: Lethal Dose has Fearful Consequences - Article by Archbishop-elect Anthony Fisher
Last edited 24th October 2014

On Wednesday, a Senate committee will hear evidence on a euthanasia bill that would allow some people to be given a lethal injection on compassionate grounds.


Belgium's Assisted Suicide Law Failed a Depressed Woman
Last edited 11th September 2014

Belgium’s doctor-assisted suicide laws allowed an unqualified doctor to kill a depressed mother who did not have a terminal illness without notifying her family, the woman’s son has charged in legal filing against them. “People suffering from depression need compassion and love, not a prescription for death,” Roger Kiska, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Sept. 3.


Australian Euthanasia Campaigner's Medical License Suspended 'to Protect Public Health'
Last edited 25th July 2014

On Wednesday evening, euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke’s medical license was suspended by the South Australian Board of the Medical Board of Australia. Dr Nitschke is an Australian medical doctor who has been an advocate for voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide for many years.


Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke suspended by the Medical Board of Australia
Last edited 24th July 2014

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has been suspended by the Medical Board of Australia, which says he "presents a serious risk to public health and safety".


We Were Wrong, Says Former Regulator of Dutch Euthanasia
Last edited 18th July 2014

Theo Boer is a Dutch medical ethicist who has changed his mind on euthanasia. This is an article he wrote for the UK's Daily Mail warning the House of Lords not to pass an "assisted dying" bill.

Bishop Calls for United Prayer to Stop UK Euthanasia Bill
Last edited 15th July 2014

Warning that a proposed euthanasia bill for parts of the U.K. would mark the “catastrophic collapse” of respect for life, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, is urging a day of united prayer against it. Bishop Egan asked Catholics to pray a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday, July 17, the day before the bill’s second reading in the House of Lords.


How Do I Explain the Catholic Church's Teaching on Euthanasia?
Last edited 14th July 2014

The push to legalise euthanasia in Australia has sparked debate on both sides of the argument. Archbishop Mark Coleridge from Australia's Brisbane Archdiocese explains the Church's teaching on euthanasia, and how it does not reflect the dignity of the human person.

Cardinal Expresses Dismay as Quebec Opens Door to Euthanasia
Last edited 11th June 2014

Quebec’s cardinal has expressed dismay at a newly passed “dying with dignity” law that brings Belgium-style euthanasia to the province. The new law, Bill 52, passed by a 94-22 vote. It outlines the conditions under which terminally ill people can request medical aid in dying.


Only Half of Australians Able to Access Palliative Care in Their Final Days of Life
Last edited 9th June 2014

Australia is one of the world leaders in palliative care services with the nation's Catholic hospitals and allied health care services caring for up to half of all those in palliative care. However many people who would benefit from specialist palliative care are unable to access these services.


Botched Executions and Euthanasia
Last edited 4th May 2014

It is false that “medical aid in dying” always provides a quiet death. No, euthanasia is a violent gesture, for the person killed as well as for the physician. Those who wish to legalise “medical aid in dying” state that we must give an easier death for those at end of life. They say that euthanasia is the way to do it. However, there are clear indications that euthanasia often is a rather violent death.

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