Lately there's been some disturbing developments in the seemingly endless euthanasia debate. Apparently a Christian group in South Australia called Christians Supporting Choice for Voluntary Euthanasia has been formed for the express purpose of supporting euthanasia. Social commentator Bill Muehlenberg has been following this issue closely for a number of years, as have I, and brought this development to our attention.
He graciously posted my comment on his blog:
In the Netherlands, I remember reading that there have been cases where chronically or terminally ill people have been euthanased simply because their relatives did not want the inconvenience and disruption that having them in hospital for a prolonged period would cause to their lives. I speak from personal experience when I say that it would be truly appalling if this ever happened here.
While I may not necessarily agree with everything that Muehlenberg writes, on this issue I think he's absolutely right. He has articulated a constructive, Biblical and compassionate response to this highly emotive issue. I pray the day never comes when an Australian state or territory successfully introduces euthanasia laws.