Euthanasia - Know the Facts

For more information visit noeuthanasia.org.au 


Better Care – not killing

Human dignity is honoured in living life, not in taking it. Even though an act of euthanasia or assisted suicide may be motivated by a sense of compassion, true compassion motivates us to remain with those who are dying, understanding and supporting them through their time of need, rather than simply acceding to a request to be killed. It is right to seek to eliminate pain, but never right to eliminate people. Euthanasia and assisted suicide represent abandonment of those who are in greatest need of our care and support.

Mistakes and abuse are impossible to avoid

No ‘safeguards’ will ever guarantee that deaths under the proposed laws will be completely voluntary. There will always be a risk of error, fraud or coercion. Mistakes happen, and those who are most vulnerable, whose ability to speak up for themselves is limited by fear, illness or old age, are exploited.

Government endorsed suicide

Endorsing suicide as a solution to pain and suffering sends a confusing message to our society, particularly to the young and the vulnerable. Suicide is a tragedy that impacts not just the person whose life is lost, but also their family and community. IT would be counter-productive to legally endorse any form of suicide when our governments and community groups are working so hard to persuade others that it is not a solution to take their own life.

Undermining trust in doctors

Once the fundamental principle to do no harm and never kill is removed from medical practice, the integrity of our health system is compromised. It will affect the confidence that seriously ill patients nearing the end of life can have in the treatment and the quality of care that they might otherwise have expected. When euthanasia or assisted suicide is an option – even if unspoken – option, how long will it be before the option becomes an expectation?

The above points have been sourced from ‘An Open Letter from Christian Leaders to the Premier of Victoria regarding the Proposed Victorian Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Bill’ 31 July 2017

The Petition

The petition has been prepared to collect as many signatures as possible calling on the Legislative Council to unanimously oppose the bill.

Regarding the petition the following should be noted:

  1. Signatures may be collected on either of the pages attached. As a matter of convenience, most signatures will be collected on the second page because of the number of spaces provided. The petition pages must not be photocopied back to back. Signatures must be collected on single sided pages.
  2. Only original petitions, not copies, can be tabled in the Legislative Council.
  3. Completed petitions should be forwarded to:

Chris Gordon
Life Marriage and Family Centre
Level 5, 133 Liverpool Street
Sydney 2000

N.B. Do not send the petitions by facsimile or by email. Only originals can be tabled in the House.

Completed petitions should be returned by no later than Thursday 7 September 2017.

Articles of interest

“High-profile advocates for change have deemed it a campaign to achieve "dying with dignity". In politics everyone loves a catchy slogan and the advocates for change have got a beauty. How could anyone oppose dignity in death? Of course what we should be asking is what the slogan means and how will it be put into practice. Simplifying complex, multilayered and important matters to three-word slogans has not served us well in recent years.”

To read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/so-much-to-lose-if-we-allow-voluntary-assisted-dying-20170814-gxvivj.html

Resources

 

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