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Homosexual 'marriage'

Homosexual ‘marriage’ continues to be a big issue, with Labor’s Tanya Plibersek suggesting that all Labor MPs be FORCED to vote in favour of it – thankfully there has been a huge backlash from Labor MPs, and Labor leader Bill Shorten has now opposed her proposal (although he personally supports homosexual ‘marriage’! (Media report here).

Euthanasia in The Netherlands

With euthanasia legal in The Netherlands, the government has continued to EXPAND the eligibility. The euthanasia law now applies to children.

In a new development, a Dutch court has ruled that a family could euthanase their elderly mother...

Lifesite reports: "An 80 year-old woman in the Netherlands was euthanized last week after her family obtained a court order obliging the care facility for the elderly where she was living to let her leave in order to fulfill her “death wish.” The woman was incapable of expressing her will. She was legally killed one day after having left the Clinic “Ter Reede” in Flushing. The management, medical staff, and the woman’s general practitioner were all opposed to the euthanasia."

However, little is known of the woman's actual wishes. But even if she had expressed a will to be 'authanized', apparently "most doctors in the Netherlands refuse to act on advance directives when patients have lost their ability to express their own will."

In the end, it was a battle between 'End of Life Clinic', which campaigns for euthanasia and 'assists' patients "when their own doctors are unwilling to perform euthanasia for conscientious or other reasons" and the Clinic “Ter Reede”, where she was a resident being cared for (this clinic cares for dementia patients). The Clinic explained they were acting on behalf of the woman because 'they wanted to protect a vulnerable old lady'.

Lifesite concludes, "Critics fear this case feels dangerously like a step towards the recognition of a sort of independent authority who would take life and death decisions for the mentally incapacitated."

Article: Dutch court allows family to euthanize incapacitated 80-year-old woman against doctor’s protest, Lifesite, 30/4/2015.