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Euthanasia: we can live without it

Elder Abuse

  • A Gold Coast man is expected to face court on Saturday charged with murdering his father for his pension money.
  • This report from the AdelaideNow website is a chilling reminder of how euthanasia & assisted suicide could aid and abet someone in the killing of a relative for financial gain. And who would ever know?
  • The Hon Nick Goiran MLC, member of the Western Australian Parliament, tabled and spoke to a motion calling for more to be done to stop the growing problem of Elder Abuse last Thursday the 19th of September.
  • MEDIA RELEASE Tasmanian Euthanasia Bill:A recipe for abuse!

    Paul Russell, Director of HOPE: preventing euthanasia & assisted suicide calls upon the Tasmanian Parliament to reject the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013 due to be debated soon in the Tasmanian House of Assembly.
     
    “Despite assurances to the contrary, this bill is a recipe for abuse that would effectively abandon the support and protection of vulnerable Tasmanians in some circumstances,” said Mr Russell.
     
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    This risk of abuse is in the DNA of all euthanasia & assisted suicide legislation, he said. “The designers of this bill have genetically modified euthanasia and assisted suicide to the point where these terms are not even mentioned[1]; but the reality remains that no legislation can provide the kind of protection from abuse that a just and equitable society demands.”
     
    The modern-day phenomenon that is Elder Abuse should provide a warning. “Tasmania has a significant and growing problem with the abuse of elderly citizens by relatives and carers – usually for financial gain. The cold reality that such abuse and coercion is difficult to detect should tell us that this legislation is a recipe for the ultimate in Elder Abuse.”
     
    The Tasmanian Bill is framed in similar terms to the Belgian Act. “The recent Belgian euthanasia death of the person who experienced a botched sex-change operation and that, earlier this year, of the twins who were going blind could technically be possible under the Tasmanian bill. “The outrage at these incidents even on the part of sections of the Belgian media and medical profession and even though these deaths were within the law should tell us that, even though legislators and the public might think of euthanasia only in terms of the ‘last days’ of a terminal illness, the practice and interpretation of the law is a genie that can’t be put back in the bottle.”
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    HOPE: preventing euthanasia & assisted suicide Inc. is a national network of people and organisations who work to oppose euthanasia & assisted suicide legislation.
     
    HOPE is a founding member of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International based in Canada. Paul Russell is vice chair of the international body.
     
    ENDS For further comment contact: Paul Russell Executive Director, HOPE 
    www.noeuthanasia.org.au                                         www.blog.noeuthanasia.org.au
     


    [1] The bill does mention assisted suicide but only to direct that the bill is not to use that term.
     
  • The government's  Elder Abuse helpline, launched last August had uncovered 60 cases in just four months. Given that Elder Abuse, because of the nature of the crime, is significantly under-reported, this further underlines the Minister's concerns.

  • It's time for Premier Giddings to rethink her commitment to euthanasia legislation.
  • Tasmanian MP, Jaquie Petrusma, highlights concerns over Elder Abuse:

  • 'Firstly, it is essential to understand that violence against older people is heavily shaped by ableism and discrimination against people with disability.'

  •  Euthanasia and assisted suicide have an inbuilt message that some lives are not worth living. Parris, Marsh and the generally poor attitude towards our elders do much the same thing.

  • This is a shocking expose of abuse of the rights of elderly people and their families. It is, in effect, institutional Elder Abuse.
  • The Premier will be putting his own citizens at risk for the sake of an ideology driven by an elite few. No government should behave that way.

  • Legalising euthanasia would make a mockery of existing suicide prevention programmes, according to an anti-euthanasia activist.
  • One of the most pressing needs today is to learn again to value our elders.

  • Public policy based on emotions instead of objective and reasoned assessment of the facts puts us all at risk.

  • I was chatting semi-aimlessly with a lawyer friend the other day when the issue of medical power of attorneys and medical directions came up.

  • Two recent articles, one from Australia, the other from New Zealand highlight the problem.