Euthanasia: we can live without it
I think we really need to sit down as a country and have a decent look at this organisation, some kind of national inquiry, to really uncover what's happening here.
Let's keep our eyes on the ball and not on the Mexican Wave in the cheap seats!
News today from Victoria that police have finally interviewed Dr Rodney Syme over the Nembutal death of Steve Guest nine years ago.
And all of this because the bill intends that the doctor lie on the death certificate.
Now is a time for protecting and valuing our elders, not putting them at further risk.
An article in theSydney Morning Herald today says that Greens Senator Richard Di Natale will move to repeal the Euthanasia Laws Act (known also as the Andrews’ Bill).
The ABC's Lateline program last night ran a shocking story about Elder Abuse in Australian nursing homes.
On the one hand we have a 'let's take what we can get away with' approach while the other is about getting a foot in the door.
“We already have one of the best health systems in the world but it is under pressure, and it continues to fail some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians”
SA Health Minister John Hill MP circulates a draft euthanasia bill for South Australia in 2011.
HOPE will be providing support to Tasmanians in opposition to the flagged euthanasia bill due for release sometime in 2011.
The time for action is NOW!
Cross posted from Bioedge:
Respect for autonomy is one of the most convincing arguments for euthanasia. It was the theme of a strong defence of legalising it in Australia in the Journal of Law and Medicine by Margaret Otlowski and Lorana Bartels in 2010. They concluded that “ in a secular society with an ageing population” legalisation is inevitable.
We reported recently that Dr Nitschke, director of Exit International has been given 48 hours within which to convince the Medical Board of Australia that it should not suspend his medical practice certificate.
The very thought of legalised assisted suicide and or euthanasia both saddens and terrifies me.
When the answer to pain and suffering or to the inevitable effects of aging is to endorse and support suicide, something radical will have taken hold in our society.
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