Hennessy dismisses concerns about regional palliative care in Victoria

In an important article outlining inequalities in access to palliative care in regional Victoria compared to Melbourne, the Minister for Health Jill Hennessy is reported as having “rejected suggestions that patients suffering from poor access to palliative care were more likely to opt for voluntary assisted dying.” Continue reading

Victorian death bill remains fatally flawed

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017, passed its second reading in the Victorian Legislative Council on 3 November 2017 by a narrow margin of just 2 votes. In the Legislative Assembly the Minister for Health and Attorney General knocked back every proposed amendment, essentially asserting that the Bill, as drafted, is perfect and cannot be usefully improved. Continue reading

The WMA Urges Victorian MPs to Block the Assisted Dying Bill

This past week, the World Medical Association, representing more than 10 million physicians, turned its focus on the threat to human life in Australia by issuing a statement urging Victorian MPs to block the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill:  Continue reading

Experimenting on the suicidal with lethal cocktails

The key to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 is the voluntary assisted dying substance, defined in Clause 3 of the Bill to mean “a poison or controlled substance or a drug of dependence specified in a voluntary assisted dying permit for the purpose of causing a person's death”. Continue reading

Elder law expert warns: Victorian assisted suicide Bill endangers elderly

This blog was originally posted at: http://www.choiceillusion.org/2017/10/margaret-dore-analysis-opposing.html Margaret Dore Analysis Opposing Victoria Euthanasia Bill  To view this analysis as a pdf, click the following links containing, an index; a memo; and an appendix I.  INTRODUCTION I am an attorney in Washington State USA where assisted suicide is legal.[1] I am also president of Choice is an Illusion, a nonprofit corporation opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia. Last year, I met with a parliamentary delegation from the Legal and Social Issues Committee, Parliament of Victoria, to discuss Oregon’s law and related issues. Continue reading

Euthanasia: A Utopian Ideal Harming Society

Australians are being blatantly lied to. We are told that euthanasia and assisted suicide are ‘compassionate’ forms of end-of-life care, and proponents assure us that there are ‘safeguards’ to address the fatal flaws of such legislation. Continue reading

A Nurse’s Perspective on Euthanasia

We are often so focused on the effects that euthanasia and assisted suicide have on the primary party – the victim – that we overlook the second party – the medical professional in charge of administering lethal medication.  Continue reading

Oncologist Speaks Out Against Assisted Suicide

In a moving article, a cancer doctor recently voiced her concerns about the dangers of offering assisted suicide to patients. Director of the Familial Cancer Centre at Monash Health, Dr Marion Harris describes the difficulties her patients have experienced, and how many of them wanted to give up at some point in their diagnosis, but persevered. Continue reading

Why Will the Assisted Suicide Bill Affect All Australians?

Advocates for euthanasia and assisted suicide are blinded by a misdirected sense of compassion, to the point where they cannot see the underlying implications of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Suicide Bill 2017. Instead of considering the logical outcome of such legislation, they propel it along using emotional arguments, playing on people’s understandable fear of death.  Continue reading

Victorians: Take Action!

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 which would legalise both assisted suicide and euthanasia in Victoria passed the Legislative Assembly on Friday 20 October 2017 by 47 votes to 37. The Bill now heads to the Legislative Council where debate will start on Tuesday 31 October so please act now! Continue reading