New South Wales Australia defeats euthanasia bill

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.

Congratulations to HOPE Australia and all of the caring people who are standing for the protection of vulnerable Australians.

The New South Wales (NSW) Australia euthanasia bill was defeated by a vote of 20 to 19 yesterday in the Upper House of Parliament.

ABC News reported that MP’s in NSW were given a free conscience vote on the euthanasia bill.

According to ABC News:

Christian Democrat Fred Nile said legalisation was a dangerous move.

“How will such a bill, once passed, impact on how we see value in life?” he said.

Liberal backbencher Taylor Martin argued euthanasia was comparable to re-introducing the death penalty. …

Similar to the experience in the United States, when elected representatives examine the language of the legislation, then they will often change their minds and vote against the bill.

The euthanasia bill in Victoria, Australia is being debated in the Senate. I hope that the Senators in Victoria will examine the language of the bill and vote against it.