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Vulnerable sick and elderly at risk if SA euthanasia bill passed
· September 16, 2010 10:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today called on South Australian parliamentarians to reject the euthanasia bill
being introduced into the Lower House
by Labor MP Steph Key today, saying that, if passed, the legislation would put the lives of vulnerable sick and elderly South Australians at risk.
ACL SA/Victorian Director Rob Ward said that the introduction of legalised euthanasia has been rejected on six separate occasions by the SA Parliament since 1995 – including as recently as November last year. Euthanasia legislation was also rejected in Tasmania last year and in Victoria in 2008.
“In every Australian state where a parliamentary committee has closely examined euthanasia, the committee has rejected it on account of the way in which the laws to protect life are made inconsistent and dangerously subjective,” he said.
“Euthanasia advocates should stop tying up parliamentary time revisiting this issue and recognise that legalised euthanasia is a dangerous practice that no reasonable legislature should accept.”
Mr Ward said that if Ms Key’s private member’s bill succeeds the ‘right to die’ could quickly become the ‘duty to die’ under the new culture legalised euthanasia inevitably creates.
“Supposed safeguards for euthanasia legislation simply don’t work,” he said.
“The Northern Territory euthanasia legislation enacted in 1996 was promoted as including strong safeguards but they didn’t work. There are significant doubts about whether two of the four people who died under these laws (repealed nine months later) were actually terminally ill. Of the seven people whose deaths were associated with the laws, four were said to have symptoms of depression.
“In the Netherlands where euthanasia has been practiced since the 1990s, 1000 people per year are killed without their consent. The Dutch experience shows that so-called voluntary euthanasia quickly becomes non-voluntary euthanasia.
“Euthanasia endangers the lives of the most vulnerable, the people we should be striving hardest to protect. As a society, we should be seeking to ease people’s pain through better palliative care, not promoting killing as an alternative to helping them,” he said. “We should also be considering the message euthanasia laws send to the disabled and elderly. No society has the right to create an expectation that you should terminate your life if you would otherwise be an ‘inconvenience’ to society. This would be a dreadful situation.”
Mr Ward said that the SA Parliament should be affirming the unique and intrinsic worth of all human beings, no matter what their physical, mental or emotional state might be. He called on all parliamentarians to vote against the bill.
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan 0408 875 979 or Rob Ward on 0408 348 352.
NT euthanasia law should be left to rest in peace
· September 13, 2010 10:00 AM
For release: September 13, 2010
Federal and Territory politicians should consider the multiple rejections of euthanasia legislation in jurisdictions across Australia in recent years, according to the Australian Christian Lobby’s Northern Territory Director Tristan Hatcher.
Greens Leader Bob Brown is again seeking to leverage the NT Assembly to further his radical social agenda by moving to have the Commonwealth’s anti-euthanasia laws overturned.
Mr Hatcher said that the figure of 85 per cent of respondents to the NT News’s Reader Issues Survey, who said the Rights of the Terminally Ill (ROTI) Act should be reinstated, should be viewed cautiously, especially given the fact that people themselves chose to take part in the newspaper poll.
“It is routinely reported that euthanasia holds majority public support, but once sunlight is shone on the consequences of legalised euthanasia, law-makers quickly reject the devaluing of life that these laws usher in,” Mr Hatcher said.
“There is a very real danger that the “right to die” becomes the “duty to die”, or perhaps worse. In the Netherlands it is estimated that 1000 people each year are euthanized without their consent, illustrating that voluntary euthanasia can too easily become involuntary euthanasia. This Legislation sends the wrong message to the most vulnerable in our society, and treats their lives as expendable instead of holding them as having intrinsic value,” Mr Hatcher said.
“Territorians should also be more careful of euthanasia advocates such as Dr Philip Nitschke, who by his own admission bypassed safeguards in the ROTI legislation when it was in force.
“On 31 August last year, Dr Nitschke told a Tasmanian inquiry into its later-rejected Dying with Dignity Bill 2009 that, ‘Maybe it was a breach, but it was a breach motivated, I would say, by compassion,’ in relation to a patient he euthanized in 1997.
“There also remain serious doubts about whether two of the four people who died under the NT laws were actually terminally ill. Of the seven people whose deaths were associated with the laws, four were said to have symptoms of depression,” Mr Hatcher said.
“The ROTI Act proved there can be no effective safeguards in euthanasia legislation, and why vulnerable elderly, sick and depressed Territorians should be concerned about a revisit to the dangerous experiment of legalised euthanasia.”
Mr Hatcher said more resources to modern palliative care was the answer to end of life suffering, not euthanasia.
Vic Greens wasting parliament’s time on euthanasia
· August 11, 2010 10:00 AM
The Victorian Greens should take note of the resounding defeat of Victoria’s euthanasia bill in 2008 and stop
continually trying to push
for laws which would put at risk the lives of vulnerable sick and elderly people, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today.
ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward said that in August 2008 the Physician Assisted Dying Bill 2008 was comprehensively rejected in the Victorian Upper House by 25 votes to 13.
“The Greens need to get past their anti-life agenda and recognise that the Victorian Parliament has already firmly decided against euthanasia and it is a waste of parliamentary time to keep revisiting the issue,” Mr Ward said.
“Greens MLC Colleen Hartland’s motion seeking a review of the Medical Treatment Act relating to end-of-life medical treatment and palliative care options is very obviously just a back-door attempt to push the euthanasia barrow.
“Her move to get the issue referred to the Victorian Law Reform Commission is a particular source of concern given the Commission’s very poor track record in dealing with contentious social issues such as abortion and same-sex surrogacy.
“This is not a matter for a parliamentary committee or the Commission. The Victorian Parliament has already spoken on this issue - voting in favour of valuing life and affirming the role of doctors in caring for the sick, not harming them.”
Mr Ward said that, as a society, we should be seeking to ease people’s pain through better palliative care, not promoting killing as an alternative to helping them.
“We should also continue to stand firm in rejecting legislation that would send dreadful messages to the sick and elderly about the worth of their lives and which would put people’s lives at risk.
“For example, in Holland where euthanasia has been legal for some years, research indicates that around 1,000 people are killed each year without their consent.”
Mr Ward said that in every Australian state where a parliamentary committee has closely examined euthanasia – normally at the bidding of the Greens - the committee has rejected it on account of the way in which the laws to protect life are made inconsistent and dangerously subjective.
“As a society we should be affirming the unique and intrinsic worth of all human beings, no matter what their physical, mental or emotional state might be.”
Media Contact: Rob Ward on 0408 348 352 or Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979.
ACL submission to Tasmania euthanasia inquiry
· July 31, 2009 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Tasmanian Joint Standing Committee on Community Development Inquiry into the Dying with Dignity Bill 2009.
Tragic death underscores the harm of euthanasia workshops
· December 08, 2008 11:00 AM
For Release: 9 December 2008
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is urging authorities to keep a close eye on euthanasia workshops to be held in Perth this week, pointing out that euthanasia is illegal under Australian law.
ACL’s West Australian Director Michelle Pearse said that concerns raised by the family of Erin Berg - a Perth mother-of-four who committed suicide in Mexico allegedly using Nembutal – have again thrown the spotlight on ethical and legal questions concerning the promotion of suicide methods and the advocating of euthanasia.
“The sisters of Ms Berg have done a great service for the community in raising their concerns over the euthanasia workshops and the needless death of a loved one who was going through a vulnerable time,” Ms Pearse said.
“Although Ms Berg didn’t herself attend an Exit International workshop there have certainly been media reports in the past of others who have committed suicide after doing so.
“How tragic to also learn that Ms Berg’s death has even been referred to in euthanasia workshops.”
Mrs Pearse supported the recent call of Ms Berg’s sisters for euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke’s book ‘Killing Me Softly’ to be reclassified, saying it should not be freely available given the concerns raised about it contributing to Ms Berg’s death.
“This very sad death again reminds us of our need to better support the vulnerable in our society and the need to ensure that euthanasia remains illegal,” Mrs Pearse said.
“We should be affirming the unique and intrinsic worth of all human beings, no matter what their physical, mental or emotional state might be.”
Media Contact: Michelle Pearse: 0400 869 107 or Glynis Quinlan: 0408 875 979
ACL submission to Senate inquiry into Northern Territory euthanasia
· April 09, 2008 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the Rights of the Terminally Ill (Euthanasia Laws Repeal) Bill 2008.
to read answers to questions taken on notice at public hearings.
ACL submission on WA living wills
· November 01, 2007 11:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission on the West Australian Acts Amendment (Consent to Medical Treatment) Bill 2006.
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