Cardinal accuses euthanasia supporters of 'playing on the emotions'
Any relaxation of euthanasia laws would represent the thin end of the wedge, encouraging the practice to spread out of control as had already happened in the Netherlands, the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, warned on Tuesday.
Commenting on the apparent suicide of Mrs Norma Hall, who was under medical supervision, Cardinal Clancy said the pro-euthanasia groups were simply "playing on the emotions".
"The dying need encouragement and care rather than the message that they are better off dead," he said.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Cardinal Clancy was joined by other church groups and right-to-life organisations on Tuesday, while other groups said legalised voluntary euthanasia was inevitable and should be legislated for now.