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12/7/16 at 08:13 AM 0 Comments

A Letter to America from Australia

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A letter to America from Australia

The Victorian State Government is preparing legislation to legalise euthanasia in 2017. This is not a new attempt to alter the law by giving dying people the right to die peacefully. The fear of pain and suffering, of being unable to die without misery and sorrow is a cry from the heart. And the Northern Territory too has long been in favour of a change in the law to legalise death by mercy killing. Where people live in remote areas of Australia palliative services to comfort and help dying people through their last days are sometimes out of reach. So the desire to legislate mercy killing is, for them, a legitimate concern.
But there is more feeling than thought in this legislation. For over 5000 years mercy killing has not been allowed because life is sacred and because western civilisations inherited laws that were made to protect life from being disposed of for any reason. The chief reason is that human beings are sinful and are capable of taking life for utilitarian reasons, for self interest, money and ambition, for inheritances and power. A recent comment on TV by Dick Smith, a well known business man who opposes this legislation said, 'The goal posts can easily be moved,' meaning that the reasons for terminating life, once approved, may be made without number, as in abortion, once only performed if the mother's life was in danger, can now be obtained almost on demand because many women claim that they have a right to do with their bodies what they like.
I can visualise a time, if this law is passed, when, to save money, people will be encouraged to die to save the government money and hospital beds. This type of legislation is naive and thoughtless, turning a blind eye to man's sinful and often ignorant nature, in favour of blind humanism. It is surprising to me how society forgets Hitler and the gas chambers, Nuremberg, the bombing of Nagasaki, and the crucifixion of Christ.
Let us not let feelings turn our backs on reality and let courage and bravery rule our dying days.

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