Wednesday Wrap

Welcome to this week’s Wednesday Wrap, which includes interesting stories from recent weeks which you might have missed

Tasmania defeats another euthanasia bill

Let’s start with some good news.

A bill to introduce assisted dying in Tasmania was defeated last night by sixteen votes to eight.  This is the third time the legislation has been put up in Tasmania in the last decade, and it has been voted down each time.  Hopefully, euthanasia campaigners will consider the matter to be settled, rather than continuing to ask the same question in the hope that they can just tire the MPs into saying ‘yes.’

Brieana Rose wins her fight

And some more good news.  Last year, we asked you to sign a petition started by Sydney Catholic school teacher Brieana Rose, who – while undergoing a biopsy in a Sydney hospital – had a photo taken of her genitalia by a nurse who showed it to others in an attempt to ridicule Brieana.  She was told that such behaviour is not illegal in NSW, and so nothing could be done.  Brieana started a petition to have the law changed.  Her campaign has been successful, with confirmation yesterday that it will soon be a crime to take photos of people in places where they could easily expect privacy.

‘Ordeal over’ for Little Sisters of the Poor

For the past few years, various Catholic religious orders, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, were fighting a mandate put in place under the Obama administration that would force all employers to provide contraception to its employees, even if to do so was in contradiction with their beliefs.  Failure to do so would have resulted in a fine of $1000 per employee per day.  The US Supreme Court gave them interim relief last year and, earlier this month, new US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which would allow relief for religious objectors to the mandate.

Whatever you think of Donald Trump, the video is quite nice!

Australian Medical Association goes into bat for same-sex marriage

In a move which separates objectivity from the emotional, the Australian Medical Association has publicly ‘come out’ in favour of same-sex marriage.  In a position statement released last week, the AMA declares the following four positions:

1. It is the right of any adult and their consenting adult partner to have their relationship recognised under the Marriage Act 1961, regardless of gender.

2. Current anti-discrimination laws should be maintained and enforced to ensure that businesses cannot withhold goods or services from clients due to their gender or sexual orientation.

3. There are real and significant mental and physiological health impacts arising from structural discrimination, and the AMA supports moves to eliminate it in all of its forms.

4. All Australian doctors should offer sensitive, non-discriminatory care to all of their patients, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The first “position” of the AMA is an interpretation (and an incorrect interpretation at that) of international human rights law.  The second expresses a position on what should happen with domestic anti-discrimination law.  The third, which suggests that the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, is backed up by a study which its authors describe as “quasi-experimental” (ie, a form of investigation with serious scientific flaws) and the fourth is a nod to the overriding of the conscience of Australian doctors, which are the group it is supposed to represent.

You have to wonder how far we’ve come when Australia’s peak medical body starts promoting ideology instead of doing its job.

Monica Doumit, catholicTalk contributor

Thursday, 25 May 2017 06:28 Written by 


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