Opposing assisted suicide in Queensland

Submissions to Queensland inquiry into “voluntary assisted dying” (that is assisted suicide and euthanasia) due 15 April 2019

Wherever you live we encourage you to make a short submission to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee of the Parliament of Queensland which is conducting an inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying.

“Voluntary assisted dying” is a term invented by proponents of legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia to make it sound more acceptable. In reality, doctors already assist dying patients through providing palliative care to help them die well.

Assisted suicide means providing the means for a person to kill themselves such as a lethal poison. Euthanasia means directly killing a person by administering a lethal poison.

The Issues Paper published by the Committee suggests that a very broad approach to assisted suicide and euthanasia is being considered. It says that “the features of a potential VAD [that is assisted suicide and euthanasia] scheme for Queensland could include [a requirement that] a person must want to end their life for a reason they consider to be valid.

However, regardless of the eligibility requirements for schemes permitting assisted suicide or euthanasia the evidence shows that none of the fifteen schemes so far tried or designed can prevent wrongful deaths .

The simplest way to make a short submission is to use the online form .

You do need to include your name and at least two of the following for your submission to be considered a mailing address with postcode, an email address, a daytime phone number. Your contact details will not be published.

This allows you to write up to 1000 words stating why assisted suicide and euthanasia should not be legalised. Take a moment to read about one of the fatally flawed experiments  and one of the categories of wrongful death and then, in your own words, state why assisted suicide and euthanasia has never and can never be made safe. If you have a personal experience to add, such as a family member or friend being given a wrong diagnosis or outliving a prognosis, then that can be helpful too.

On page 3 on the online form answer “No” to “Should voluntary assisted dying be supported in Queensland?”

Unless your submission contains personal information you do not want published, answer ‘Yes” on page 4 to “Do you agree to the committee publishing the contents of your submission?” This helps opponents of assisted suicide and euthanasia see how many submissions took this position.

If you are a health professional it would be helpful for you to share some of your relevant experience. Submissions longer than 1000 words can be made by email to: careinquiry@parliament.qld.gov.au

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