The issue of euthanasia is a complex one, so the first thing we must do is define what 'euthanasia' means.
Euthanasia is the deliberate act to end life prematurely by a definite act - such has a lethal injection.
This could be one's own life or the life of another. It is not turning off life support systems when that is the only thing keeping someone alive. It is not the stopping, or refusal, of medical treatment, such as drugs for cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.
Even when it is actually 'euthanasia' being talked about, the definition of what euthanasia is can be confused - active or passive, voluntary or involuntary.
The Bible does not allow euthanasia - life is sacred and God gives and takes away life. It is not for us to decide. Thus, as Christians we must oppose euthanasia.
Euthanasia is allowed in Holland and Belgium and also in Oregon, USA.
Euthanasia in Australia
The HOPE website was set up in 2010 to provide information about the issue of euthanasia in Australia. It is based on the saying "where there’s life, there’s hope" - adn subtitled 'Preventing Euthanasia and assisted Suicide'.
For a brief time euthanasia was allowed in the NT, but this was overturned in 1997 by the passing of the Euthanasia Laws Act (see below).
In 2009, a Bill to allow the NT to pass such laws (and repeal the Euthanasia Laws Act), was introduced into the Australian Senate by the Greens and an inquiry was held by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.
Following the federal election in August 2010, Bob Brown re-introduced the bill - and wanted support from Labor to debate the bill.
Dr Philip Nitschke is seen as the foremost proponent of campaigner for euthanasia in Australia. He runs the organisation EXIT International and has written the 'Peaceful Pill Handbook' which has been banned for online publication in Australia because it gives step-by step- instructions on how to commit suicide. This was banned under the Suicide Related Material Offences Act which was passed in 2005 by the Howard government.
Various Australian states have considered euthanasia legislation. All such proposals have been defeated. Most of these bills were put up by members of the Greens political party.
Since her retirement, bills were put forward in 2009 by Bob Such (Ind) and Mark Parnell (Greens). In the South Australian Parliament the euthanasia bill was voted on in late 2009 - on 18 November.
In 2010 the Labor Attorney-General Lara Giddings said she planned to introduce euthanasia legislation by the end of the year.
The Bil was voted on in October 2010 by the Legislative Council - thankfully the Bill was defeated by 24 votes to 11 votes. Read our report.
Christian Articles on Euthanasia
Thou Shalt Not Kill - The Christian case against compassionate killing
If people were dogs & other false arguments for euthanasia
The Legalisation of Euthanasia
When Rights are wrong
EUTHANASIA AND PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE
To CARE and not to KILL
Australia - Euthanasia NO
In Australia the Euthanasia NO campaign, organised in 1996 (along with Kevin Andrews' Euthanasia Laws Bill ) to overturn the Northern Territory's euthanasia law, generated widespread awareness of the issue.
Living Wills/Advance health care directives...
The latest example of this in Australia was in Tasmania in 2006.
Article : Living Wills
An interesting review of this issue was published in 2006 in the Melbourne University Law Review.
REFUSING ADVANCE REFUSALS: ADVANCE DIRECTIVES AND LIFE-SUSTAINING MEDICAL TREATMENT.