Contact Senators to stop Euthanasia/assisted suicide

Discussion in 'Australian News Reports/other' started by Fidelis, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. Fidelis

    Fidelis New Member

    A motion to debate the Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill will be put to the Senate today. Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm drafted the bill which, if passed, would overturn the “Andrews laws”, named after federal Liberal backbencher Kevin Andrews, who successfully led the push in 1997 against the Northern Territory’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act.

    If the bill passes both houses of parliament, it would allow the A.C.T. and Northern Territory to pass their own assisted-suicide and euthanasia laws which currently is not within their jurisdiction.

    If the Territories were to pass assisted-suicide and euthanasia laws it would result in elder abuse and abuse of those with disabilities, with families, aged-care facilities or medical facilities possibly coercing vulnerable people into believing they are a burden on society or family, and would be better off dead.

    It would send a message to the wider community that suicide is the answer to any pain experienced, whether mental or physical, or people who are simply tired of life, destroying efforts to reduce the number of suicides in the community.

    Great advances in palliative care now means chronic physical pain can be managed effectively and is rarely given as a reason for choosing assisted suicide/euthanasia in countries/jurisdictions where it has been legalised. In fact, now children and those with disabilities are euthanased in overseas jurisdictions where euthanasia/assisted suicide has been legalised. Abuse of and coercion of those who cannot make informed decisions will naturally follow when governments legislate assisted-killing as an option to all.

    Prime Minister Turnbull has indicated he would allow a conscience vote for coalition MPs should the motion pass the Senate. According to a report in The Australian, One Nation senators Pauline Hanson and Peter Georgiou, senators Brian Burston, Derryn Hinch and Tim Storer, and two Centre Alliance senators have indicated they may support the bill.

    ACTION: URGENT- Phone the senators representing your state TODAY and politely ask the office staff to pass your message on to the senator asking him/her to oppose the Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill motion in the Senate. Find your senators here. (Don’t bother ringing Greens senators as they fully support the bill)


    Points to make (in your own words) are:

    • If the Territories were to pass assisted-suicide and euthanasia laws it would result in elder abuse and abuse of those with disabilities, with families, aged-care facilities or medical facilities possibly coercing vulnerable people into believing they are a burden on society or family, and would be better off dead


    • It would send a message to the wider community that suicide is the answer to any pain experienced, whether mental or physical, or people who are simply tired of life, destroying efforts to reduce the already high number of suicides which is a scourge on the community.




    • Great advances in palliative care now means chronic physical pain can be managed effectively and is rarely given as a reason for choosing assisted suicide/euthanasia in countries/jurisdictions where it has been legalised. In fact, now children and those with disabilities are increasingly being euthanased in overseas jurisdictions where euthanasia/assisted suicide has been legalised. Abuse of and coercion of those who cannot make informed decisions will naturally follow when governments legislate assisted-killing as an option to all.


    • The World Medical Association (the WMA) opposes physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia on the basis they constitute the unethical practice of medicine. The WMA represents more than 10 million physicians and more than 112 national medical associations around the world, including the AMA.


    • It will undermine the trust between doctor and patient


    • All the time, effort and funding should be invested in improvements in palliative care for dying people rather than setting up a complicated bureaucratic and administrative system to deliver lethal substances to them to end their lives


    If you are unable to ring you senators please email them here using the points above (in your own words).

    Cor Jesu Sacristissimum!
     
  2. leon fortayne

    leon fortayne Member

    You should point out to these 'moral relativists' that if this is to pass then they can no longer oppose suicide bombings as those who commit these acts are 'dying with dignity'.