The Senate is about to vote on whether the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory can legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide. 

From 14-16 August, the Senate will decide whether to smooth the way for euthanasia and assisted suicide to become law in the territories.

We know that there is no safe way to make euthanasia and assisted suicide lawful.

We know that euthanasia and assisted suicide disproportionately affects those already vulnerable to elder abuse, the disabled, and other at-risk groups.

And we know that doctors overwhelmingly believe it is a bad idea.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has been consistent in its opposition to the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide. 

The AMA’s official position is that ‘doctors should not be involved in interventions that have as their primary intention the ending of a person’s life.’

Last year, 105 Australian palliative care specialists signed an open letter, pleading with the Victorian government to not legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Instead, Australia’s palliative carers asked for adequate resources to help them to care for those at the end-of life.  And they rejected the active and deliberate undermining of their work in an effort to push these laws through.

Across the world, 107 of the World Medical Association's 109 constituent National Medical Associations oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Speak up and tell the Senate that they need to listen to doctors!

Take this chance to tell the Senate that they shouldn’t make it easier to legalise killing in this country. 

Demand that they listen to the medical profession and protect already at-risk Australians from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Sign the Petition

To the President of the Senate and Senators, we call on the Australian Senate to:

  1. Acknowledge that overseas experience demonstrates that there is no safe way to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide; 
  2. Listen to the voices of medical professionals who overwhelmingly oppose changing the law to make it legal for doctors to kill their patients; and
  3. Vote against paving the way for the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide.
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