Have your say - End of Life Choice Bill

Many of you will be aware of the End of Life Choice Bill sponsored by Hon David Seymour MP. This Bill received its first reading 13/12/17 under urgency and is currently before a Select Committee.

The Bill raises important ethical questions around suicide, euthanasia and assisted-dying, and it is critical that we understand what is proposed so that we can make sound submissions.

In order to assist your understanding of the Bill - and its potential effects - we have linked to the work of the Inter Church Bioethics Council (ICBC) which is endorsed by the Anglican Church. We trust this will help you formulate an opinion and equip you to make a submission before midnight on Tuesday, 20 February, 2018.

Bishop Philip and a significant majority of the House of Bishops made a submission at the time of the Maryan Street Bill expressing their opposition. While they are preparing a submission on this Bill, you are encouraged to make submissions according to your conscience.

Next steps?

1)      Review the process and Bill online

2)      Watch the video on 'what is Euthanasia'

3)      Read ICBC material - click the buttons below

4)      Read the Bishops’ Submission - currently just the 2016 submission is public

5)      Pray and discuss this in your ministry units (include in newsletter/pewsheet/website, etc)

6)      Make a submission by midnight Tuesday, February 20: 

God of compassion,
You know suffering and death.
You know our fears and anxieties.
Guide us with your Holy Spirit,
That we may discern your will,
And proclaim your Gospel.
Through Jesus Christ we pray.
Amen.