ASIA/HONG KONG - Debate on euthanasia gives rise to extra solidarity and care for seriously ill patients

Monday, 10 May 2004

Hong Kong (Fides Service) - Recently the Hong Kong Parliament received an e-mail request from A Bin a 30 year old paralysed man to legalise euthanasia. The news sparked heated debate in Hong Kong Society and many citizens were in favour of legalising euthanasia. However Catholic health care workers and voluntary helpers expressed strong disagreement and launched an appeal to provide more medical, psychological and spiritual assistance for seriously ill patients. The appeal met with generous response of solidarity to help people adopt a more positive attitude to suffering. A Bin, among the persons who received extra care and solidarity stirred by the appeal made by local Catholics, changed his mind, he says life is worth living, the loving care gave him back his desire to live. (Agenzia Fides 10/05/2004 Lines: 12 Words: 142)