Churches cannot stop patient’s deaths under Queensland euthanasia law

Herald Sun journalist Caleb Bond says a clause in the voluntary assisted dying laws before the Queensland parliament will give patients in religious hospitals the right to choose their treatment.

The Australian is reporting faith-based hospitals will not be allowed to deny entry to outside doctors to help terminally ill patients die after the state government rejected the pleas made by churches for institutional protection from the legislation.

“No religious doctor is being forced to do it. No staff member of a religious hospital is being forced to do it. It’s giving the patient the right to choose,” he said.

“And even though that may make some religious hospitals feel uncomfortable, I think that’s probably the best solution because why should a patient be denied the opportunity to get the treatment they want when that treatment is legal?”