Tell the Victorian Parliament to reject assisted suicide!
The Victorian Parliament is considering passing a law which would allow doctors and other medical professionals to provide a lethal dose to a patient to enable their suicide, or to take direct action to kill.
All of this is taking place despite the Australian Medical Association stating that doctors should not be involved in taking a patient’s life.
There is clear evidence from other countries which shows that legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia has consequences for the entire community. Imagine someone telling you that your life is not worth living! Australia is in the grip of an Elder Abuse epidemic. Combined with already-high rates of suicide, this bill is a recipe for abuse and places pressure on already vulnerable groups to end their lives.
It’s time to speak up!
Sign the petition now to ask the Victorian Parliament to reject assisted suicide. Tell them that we can and must do better for sick and elderly Victorians.
Sign the Petition
To the Members of the Legislative Assembly and the Members of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Victoria,
We, the undersigned, are aware that a bill to legalise assisted suicide is likely to be debated and voted upon in the Victorian Parliament soon, and that Members of Parliament, including yourself, are considering your position.
We want to make our position clear: we are opposed to the introduction of any form of legalised killing, whether it is in the form of assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Our view is shared by the Australian Medical Association, whose position states that “doctors should not be involved in interventions that have as their primary intention the ending of a person’s life.”
Any law which allows doctors or others to kill affects the entire community. It has consequences for, amongst other things, the availability and quality of palliative care. A 2015 Victorian Auditor-General report found that palliative care services in metropolitan Victoria are “struggling to cope” with the demand. The resourcing and availability of good end-of-life care must be addressed before assisted dying legislation is contemplated – let alone legalised.
We, the undersigned, ask you to reject any bill which comes before you seeking to legalise assisted dying. Victoria can and must do better for our sick and our elderly.