No one should have to suffer at the end of their life. Voluntary Euthanasia is a right and that individuals should have the freedom to make self-governing choices. A person who has a terminal illness, with decision-making capacity and who is experiencing unacceptable pain, suffering or distress should be able to choose to request assistance from a medical practitioner to end his or her life.
Voluntary euthanasia is important because it puts an end to the terrible suffering sometimes endured by a small number of terminally ill patients for whom palliative care is ineffective or inappropriate. The Greens NSW beleive it is cruel and inhumane to force a person to suffer when nothing can be done to relieve their pain and when the person wants to end their life.
I am proud to be part of the NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying along with Independent MPs and members of the Labor, Liberal and National parties. We don’t agree on everything but we agree that we need to do something to stop the suffering. You can read our joint opinion piece here.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 has been introduced into the NSW Legislative Council and debate is expected in September 2017.
I know the right to die with dignity is an important issue for many Greens members and supporters. The bill isn’t perfect and I will continue to advocate for improvements, but it is a big step forward.
There will no doubt be a huge campaign against the bill by the same socially conservative bodies that appear every time we advocate for people to take control of their own bodies.
Now is the time for our voices to be head. Here’s how you can take Action:
- Contact a member of the NSW Legislative Council and demand that they vote for the bill. This bill will be a conscience vote, so each MP counts.
This is especially important if you have a personal or family story relevant to this bill. Phone calls are the most effective, but emails are also very useful.
You can find the details of all members of the Legislative Council here on the NSW Parliament website.
- Sign the online Petition: Almost 100,000 people have signed this petition in support of the laws. Head to change.org/annie to sign up.
It has been an honour to spend the last year working towards the reality of introducing a cross-party bill. No one should have to suffer at the end of their life and this bill will make dying with dignity a reality in NSW.
Read the bill here