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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Assisted Suicide is Abominable Crime

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Assisted Suicide is Abominable Crime
Alternative collection title Page 477-478
Date range (approx.) 10 Jul 1996
Scope and contents An editorial in L'Osservatore Romano (the Vatican Newspaper) by Father Gino Concetti describing the legalisation of euthanasia in the Northern Territory as a "monstrous chapter in human history". Concetti states that all life is sacred and inviolable and to cut it short is always a crime, and that euthanasia is a radical freedom that has exceeded all boundaries and that the solution lies in efficient health services and Christian comfort.. 
Record Type In the news
Physical description Electronic Document - 2 Pages
Language English
Language code eng
Collection created by Marshall Perron
Biographical history The Northern Territory was the first jurisdiction in the world to explicitly legalise euthanasia. The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT) entered into law on 1 July 1996. The following year the Commonwealth Parliament intervened to overturn the Act. Section 50A was added to the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 to prohibit the Northern Territory from making laws in respect of euthanasia. The Rights of the Terminally Act was in force for 9 months, during which time four people died by medically assisted suicide through its provisions.
Provenance The NT Euthanasia Collection contains donations from a number of contributors. This item was donated by Mr Marshall Perron.
Subjects Voluntary Euthanasia
Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT)
Slippery Slope Argument
Names (person) Gino Concetti
Marshall Perron
Names (organisation) L'Osservatore Romano
Places Northern Territory
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Conditions governing access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers should be aware that this collection may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.
Related material Please see folder list for the NT Euthanasia Collection (link below)
Location Arafura Research Archive
Institution Charles Darwin University, Darwin
Description for Link Folder list for NT Euthanasia Collection [CDU Arafura Research Archive]
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