Last year I wrote here about a submission by a Christian fringe group called “Doctors for the Family” to the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee with regards to proposed changes to the Marriage Act. I said this:
It is well worth going through the list of doctors who signed this pathetic petition, because these are not people you ever want as your family physician, as their obvious lack of knowledge, and inability to accept simple facts on these matters, does seem to demonstrate quite clearly and without a doubt that the people on this list have only one entity in mind which they aim to serve, and that is not you or your family member, but rather the invisible man in the sky they have subscribed to, and in whose name they have suspended their rational thinking.
Now Chrys Stevenson reports how a member of “Doctors for the Family”, one Dr. Catherine Lennon, apparently gatecrashed a private briefing for members of the NSW Parliament and their staff ahead of a meeting of the NSW Legislative Council. The topic? A “Rights of the Terminally Ill” Bill introduced by Greens MP Cate Faehrmann:
The day before she presented her Bill to the NSW Legislative Council, Ms Faehrmann convened a private briefing for members of the NSW Parliament and their staff. This was not a public forum; members of the general public were not invited and entry was – or should have been – by invitation only.
As attendees mingled prior to the briefing, Richard Mills, President of Dying with Dignity NSW, was in a circle comprising Cate Faehrmann and invited speakers, Dr Chris Ryan and Dr David Leaf. Richard put out his hand to introduce himself to a blonde woman nearby. She, in turn, introduced herself to the group as Catherine, an adviser (parliamentary terminology for a staffer) for Dominic Perrottet, the member for Castle Hill.
But, as it turns out, this was not the truth at all.
Subsequently, it became apparent that this person was Dr Catherine Lennon, a Catholic pro-life activist and president of the quasi-religious lobby group Doctors for the Family. Dr Lennon mentioned none of this when she introduced herself to Ms Faehrmann et al; and, for good reason. Dr Lennon is not a member of Mr Perrottet’s staff, nor had she been invited, in her own right, to attend the private briefing. Effectively, she was a gate-crasher.
You can read the whole article here. Makes for fascinating reading, especially the part where Lennon sends emails and letters to MPs and medical organisations to discredit doctors for their stance on euthanasia.
When lying for Jesus, nothing is taboo, and the truth is unwelcome.