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Currently the ACT Legislative Assembly is conducting an inquiry into End-of-Life Choices in the ACT and they want to hear from you.
When it comes to euthanasia and assisted suicide (or what some term assisted dying), this really is a matter of life and death.
Disturbingly, the Assembly is looking at whether assisted dying schemes operating in other jurisdictions, particularly the scheme which is not yet operating in Victoria, may be applicable to the ACT.
This really is dangerous.
The Victorian scheme of assisted suicide was legislated without knowing what drugs will be used to kill people, at home, alone.
Below is some helpful information to guide your respectful submission to the Committee. A single letter or email from a constituent detailing their personal story and opinions on an important issue like this carries great weight.
Please take the time and raise your concerns with this Joint Select Committee on End-of-Life Choices before March 23.
- AMA statement of disagreement with euthanasia
- Recent articles and information on euthanasia by the ACL.
- The Hippocratic Oath that has guided doctors for over 2000 years, states
"I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course.*"
- Once legalised, any 'narrow' restrictions on state-sanctioned killing quickly fades. In Belgium it is now routine to euthanise the mentally ill and there are now protocols for children.
- In Oregon, almost half of those who are assisted to suicide speak of their concern of being a burden to family and friends.
- Listen to Professor Margaret Somerville discussing the ethical minefield.
In your email below you may wish to raise:
- Positive experiences with palliative care, or the experience of a loved one in palliative care.
- If euthanasia is legalised in the ACT, it is very unlikely that palliative care will receive adequate funding in the future.
- Positive experiences of Clare Holland house
- This is Canberra’s only hospice, which is always fully occupied. In needs to be expanded to deal with demand.
- Experiences around misdiagnosis of (or recovery from) terminal illness.
- In Vermont, stories about people who had recovered from terminal illness (or for whom a terminal illness had been misdiagnosed) and enjoyed years of life were particularly persuasive
- Concerns about elder abuse.
- Euthanasia obviously makes it easier for family members to pressure the elderly to end their lives early.
- It also creates the conditions in which the elderly are more likely to feel like they are a burden and that ‘voluntary-suicide’ is ‘the right thing to do’.
- Concerns around depression and suicide prevention.
- The idea that if suicide is made legitimate in some circumstances, inevitably it effects those contemplating suicide for non-medical reasons. The Victorian discussion acknowledged that extra suicides were inevitable ‘collateral damage’ from the legalisation of euthanasia but was willing to accept this.
When typing your message in the text box below, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
- Do not add a salutation like 'Dear MP', this is added automatically.
- Please be concise and respectful in your correspondence.
- Include your name, postal address and telephone contact so the committee knows you live in the ACT.