One of the nation’s leading conservative thinkers has returned to live in Queensland and will lead the battle against legalising euthanasia.
The Courier Mail reports today Lyle Shelton (pictured with wife Wendy) said worrying cases abroad showed voluntary euthanasia quickly became involuntary euthanasia.
Mr Shelton quit his post as chief executive of the Australian Christian Lobby to join Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives. The Saturday Paper claimed Mr Shelton would be the party’s Senate candidate at the next election.
“We are a pro-life party and we want to point out that where euthanasia has been introduced in other parts of the world, it quickly morphs into involuntary euthanasia,” Mr Shelton said.
“There is a well-documented case of a Dutch woman who was held down by relatives while her doctor euthanised her last year. No sanction was taken against the doctor."
And the mentally ill in Belgium were now “routinely” euthanised, Mr Shelton said.
He said requests for euthanasia were negligible in societies with proper palliative care.