euthanasia

EUTHANASIA SUBMISSIONS

Soon the Health Committee will be calling for submissions on euthanasia. If you want to have your say, please subscribe to the committee’s email update mailing list by clicking here, and then checking the box for the Health Committee, inserting your email address in the field at the bottom and clicking the Submit button. You then will be notified of the details of the submission process in due course, including the closing date. Every submission counts.

WHY NOT EUTHANASIA?

The Australian Medical Association is against euthanasia of any kind.

  • All the peak medical advisory or representative bodies in Australia are opposed to euthanasia, as too is the World Medical Association. 
  • 101 Victorian oncologists wrote against euthanasia: "Assisted suicide is in conflict with the basic ethical principles and integrity of medical practice."
  • It is a slippery slope and tragically Belgium is now euthanising children.
  • It is utterly counter-productive to combating Australia's suicide problem.
  • Euthanasia lobbyists often wrongly assert that the alternative in terminal cases is an agonising death, but the truth is that almost all pain can be mitigated with good palliative care.
  • Doctors should kill the pain, not the patient.
  • Euthanasia would be open to terrible manipulation and abuse. Cases of people being "euthanised" against their will have occurred.
  • Euthanasia inherently devalues human life, particularly those who are elderly, sick or disabled.
  • Like abortion, instead of protecting and assisting the most vulnerable in society, euthanasia would legalise their state-sanctioned killing.