CMDFA Response to Euthanasia

According to the Australian Medical Association, “Euthanasia is the act of deliberately ending the life of a patient for the purpose of ending intolerable pain or suffering”. Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) occurs “where the assistance of the medical practitioner is intentionally directed at enabling an individual to end his or her own life”  and usually this involves the provision of a prescription.

Moral opposition to both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide has been a feature of  both the Hippocratic and the Judeo-Christian tradition from earliest times. This is particularly striking in view of the commitment of both traditions to the relief of suffering and care of the dying. We acknowledge the power of the arguments for both practices based on compassion, but believe that even more powerful counter-arguments lead us as Christians and doctors to continue to oppose their legalisation.

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CMDFA Response to Euthanasia