Religious politicians: 1996 versus now
This detailed analysis prepared by Go Gentle Australia looks at the power of politicians with religious beliefs that oppose voluntary assisted dying, in 1996 versus the current situation. In 1996 the Christian churches were the major opponents of the Northern Territory Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill. But even at that time many people with religious faith supported the legal reform, including Catholic doctors, Catholic nurses and academics. It is still true that the church hierarchies oppose voluntary euthanasia legislation, but overwhelmingly individuals of faith do not.
“No politician, including Mr Kenyon, should be compelled to support legislation that goes against their own morality. But they also should not vote against the wishes of their constituents, who they are elected to represent. May they instead step aside.”