Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in WA letter to paper

 
Filed on 15 October 2019 in Food For Thought category. Print This Page

letter to The West Australian but as yet not printed. I might send again with as the debate goes on.

Re Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in WA

The Code of Medicine is to save life and not to kill. Palliative Care specialists know that no one need die in pain, yet pain is the constant chorus of those pushing for killing to be a solution.

Medically assisted killing is not necessary. As a society we must not break, we must not destroy this foundational Code of Medicine to ease the way, but never to kill.

Consequences of passing the bill include giving state approval for death as a valid option, that suicide is OK if things get too tough. This is not a message to give our children.

Further, as history has shown, assisted dying will be sought or expected to include the disabled, the suicidal teen with an abuse history, the marginalised, the bereaved elderly.

We must not go down a state approved pathway of permission or expectation of the vulnerable that they should agree to be killed for the sake of others or the state.

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