Articulate and persuasive arguments against legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia have been expressed by a broad range of individuals and organisations from diverse perspectives, professional backgrounds, political views and life experiences.
The fifteen articles collected here give a sampling of opinion pieces from indigenous leaders (Pat Dodson), disability activists (Stella Young), journalists (Paul Kelly), human rights lawyers, (Julian McMahon), academics (Richard Stith, Kevin Yuill), former and serving politicians (Paul Keating, John Anderson, Lindsay Tanner and Dominic Perrottet), palliative care physicians (Adrian Dabscheck), oncologists (Ian Haines), psychiatrists (John Buchanan) and medical organisations (American College of Physicians, World Medical Association).
From this diversity of perspectives there emerges a common view that legalising assisted suicide or euthanasia can never be done safely.
Firstly the very act of legalisation is premised, as Paul Keating eloquently explains, on a decision that “there will be people whose lives we honour and those we believe are better off dead”.
Secondly the claim to establish a “safe” regime of assisted suicide (in each jurisdiction claimed to be the very safest in the world!) is premised on a “bald utopianism” that deliberately ignores the reality that “no law and no process” can prevent wrongful deaths as evidenced in each of the fifteen jurisdictions which have tried this experiment to date.