Victorian election 2014: Electorate overwhelmingly back voluntary euthanasia, Vote Compass reveals
Victorians overwhelmingly support voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill patients, putting them at odds with the Coalition and Labor parties on the issue, according to Vote Compass results. See story and video here.
Politicians For and Against Law Reform
Many of our members have visited or contacted their local politicians to discuss with them support for law reform regarding Voluntary Assisted Dying. DWDV seeks referral of the issue, including review of the Medical Treatment Act 1988, to the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
See if your State politicians support us in this endeavour here.
New website launched: MyValues - Your voice when you can't speak for yourself
Barwon Health has launched a new website funded by the Victorian Government. Its purpose is to assist Victorians provide a "clear and authoritative communication of values as they pertain to end-of-life management" (Dr Charlie Corke). It is free to use.
MyValues is a set of specially constructed statements designed to help you identify, consider and communicate your wishes about the medical treatment you would want in the later stages of life.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury backs assisted suicide.
78 year old George Carey now sits in the House of Lords. He resigned as leader of the world's Anglicans in 2002. He said he had dropped his long-standing opposition and he further said he would support the bill, brought by Lord Charles Falconer (see full article and directly below).
Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill debated in the UK House of Lords
According to the British Medical Journal, the bill would allow adults who are expected to live six months or less to be provided with assistance to end their lives.
The BMJ summarises the proposed safeguards:
Two doctors must be satisfied that the person is terminally ill, has the capacity to make the decision to end his or her life, and has a clear and settled intention to do so. This decision must have been reached voluntarily, on an informed basis, and without coercion or duress. Both doctors must be satisfied that the person has been fully informed of the palliative, hospice, and other available care options.
Once both doctors have countersigned the declaration that the person wants to end his or her life, the attending doctor can prescribe the life ending medication, which would be dispensed only after a “cooling off” period of 14 days (or six days if prognosis is less than a month). The person would administer the medication themselves. This is what differentiates “assisted dying” from “voluntary euthanasia,” where the doctor administers the lethal drug(s).
DWDV supports the excellent safeguards expressed above as necessary and sufficient for the safe introduction of Voluntary Assisted Dying.
Desmond Tutu: a dignified death is our right – I am in favour of assisted dying
Dying Victorian Peter Short's urgent plea to meet with Tony Abbott
Doctor admits giving dying man the drugs to end his life
Quebec passes landmark end-of-life-care bill
Terminally ill patients in Quebec now have the right to choose to die.
The non-partisan Bill 52, also known as an act respecting end-of-life care, passed Thursday afternoon in a free vote at the National Assembly in Quebec City. The bill passed 94-22. There were no abstentions. Read more here.
Dying with dignity is vital.