Your action this week is crucial
On Tuesday November 21, the Victorian Legislative Council (Parliament's Upper House) will continue its marathon debate on euthanasia and assisted suicide for Victoria.
If the Upper House passes this dangerous Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, for the first time in history an Australian state government will have decided to subject its citizens to laws that will mean that people die unnecessarily.
Mistakes are inevitable.
The government controlled lower house passed the flawed Bill on Friday October 20 - sanctioning assisted suicide.
However, the Bill must pass the Upper House to become law. The real battle has now begun and your voice is needed before the final and decisive vote is taken! A continuous day and night debate has commenced. The vote is expected on or shortly before Thursday 23 November.
With your help the Legislative Council can reject the Bill.
Your voice needs to be heard by your five Legislative Council Members. Please ask them to vote against this Bill be filling in the box below which will send them an email on your behalf.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 is not safe. Depressed, coerced, and vulnerable people will die unnecessarily if parliament approves this bill.
The proposed law will legalise euthanasia for the first time in history in Victoria.
Our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is against it -
"I’m not a supporter of euthanasia
“We’ve all had experiences with loved ones who have had very tough deaths, I understand the complexity for the problem but it is not something I would vote for,” Mr Turnbull said speaking with The Australian.
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating is against this Bill -
"In both practical and moral terms, it is misleading to think allowing people to terminate their life is without consequence for the entire society.
"What matters is the core intention of the law. What matters is the ethical threshold being crossed. What matters is that under Victorian law [if passed] there will be people whose lives we honour and those we believe are better off dead," said Mr Keating writing for Fairfax.
Allowing doctors to kill their patients is an ethical and legal minefield - it means changing medical practice to train doctors in killing their patients.
We cannot allow the Government to put vulnerable lives at risk. Every accidental death by assisted suicide or euthanasia is an unacceptable and irreversible tragedy.
You can make all the difference in defeating this life-taking legislation by emailing your Upper House MPs today.
We need as many people as possible to contact their Legislative Council MPs and ask them to vote AGAINST this dangerous legislation.
Even if you emailed your lower house MP, please now email your Upper House Members.
CONSIDER THE POINTS BELOW. CONSIDER USING, OR MODIFYING, SOME OF THEM IN YOUR EMAIL
YOUR OWN WORDS ARE MOST PERSUASIVE.
Reasons why Euthanasia must be stopped in Victoria.
- The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is opposed to assisted suicide & euthanasia. St Vincent’s hospital, the largest provider of palliative care in Victoria, is vehemently opposed to the legislation.
- We must kill the pain NOT the patient - Palliative care and pain relief should be offered to patients.
- This Bill abandons the patients who obtain the lethal cocktail, to their homes, without medical care, to attempt suicide within months or years. The attempt may fail and be very painful.
- So-called “safeguards” in medical killing legislation are never safe. Experience from The Netherlands, Belgium and Oregon show that safeguards to medical killing cannot be legislated.
- The message that suicide is an acceptable solution to suffering will be heard by everyone, especially the vulnerable who have suicidal tendencies and the elderly.
- The reality of elder abuse means that assisted suicide may be used by relatives to gain inheritance. There is no foolproof way of ensuring people are not being coerced into ending their lives.
- In Oregon, almost half of people assisted to suicide speak of being a burden to family and friends. For the elderly, the 'right to die' under legal assisted suicide laws quickly becomes the 'duty to die'.
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 and contact details below so your MP knows you live in their electorate.