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A Pastoral Letter to the People, Clergy and Religious Catholic... A Pastoral Letter to the People, Clergy and Religious Catholic...

A Pastoral Letter to the People, Clergy and Religious Catholic...

Friday 14 June 2019

Dear friends,
 
On the morning of Wednesday 19 June 2019 we will wake to a new, and deeply troubling chapter of health care in Victoria. On that day the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Act (2017) comes into effect, creating the legal possibility for a person to end their own life or a doctor ending it on request in particular circumstances. What is being referred to as ‘VAD’ is a combination of what in plain- speaking is more commonly known as physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.
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