April 14, 2024

IN BRIEF: mercy killing; bad news; confidentiality

Australian mercy killing: Parents who killed their 28-year-old severely disabled son have been placed on a five-year good behaviour bond after pleading guilty. Their child, Matthew, was born blind and had limited hearing. Margaret and Raymond Sutton acted after they learned that he needed an operation which would also take away his ability to hear, taste and speak. A pro-life spokesman denounced the lack of support for the couple’s emotional, psychological and physical needs. Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke said that the case should not have come to trial at all.