Late last month, a bill to facilitate assisted dying was introduced to Victorian parliament. Assisted suicide is currently illegal in all Australian states, as it is in New Zealand, but if the bill gains sufficient support to be enacted, terminally ill patients would be able to access assisted euthanasia.
Presbyterian minister, Rev Dr Jason Goroncy, has published an article in Pacifica (the journal of the University of Divinity, Australia) that offers a theological perspective on the important issue of assisted suicide – a matter that is also being grappled with by New Zealand legislators.
The article: “Euthanasia: Some theological considerations for living responsibly”, identifies and discusses six arguments for and six arguments against legalising voluntary euthanasia.
Read “Euthanasia: Some theological considerations for living responsibly” (Pacifica : Australasian Theological Studies, 2016, Vol. 29(3) 221–243.)
If you are interested in exploring the issue further, the Interchurch Bioethics Council has produced study resources on assisted dying: http://www.interchurchbioethics.org.nz/index.php/resources/
– Jose Reader