The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has taken a strong stand against euthanasia in its submission presented today to the Victorian Inquiry into End of Life Choices.
The submission defines euthanasia as an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering.
It makes a number of strong recommendations headed by the fact that euthanasia presents a rupture from traditional medicine and should be rejected as incompatible with the dignity of each person.
The submission also calls for greater education around palliative care and also suggests funding should be provided to allow all Victorians access to timely and responsive palliative care.
There are also recommendations that advance care planning should be descriptive rather than prescriptive and the regulations related to advance care planning should respect the values of the patient.
The submission comes from the Episcopal Vicars for Health Aged and Disability Care and Life Marriage and Family on behalf of the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart with the endorsement of the Bishops of Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst.
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