by Zed Seselja, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 August 2018
It’s impossible not to be moved by the plight of terminally ill Australians who are enduring real suffering. But the question we have to ask as legislators is – will crossing this ethical threshold lead to better or worse outcomes for Australians, particularly our most vulnerable – the sick, the elderly, the disabled, the depressed, the lonely?
Experience overseas suggests that it will not.
Only recently we saw shocking reports that a nine year old and an eleven year old became the youngest ever to be euthanised under Belgian law.
In Oregon in 2016 nearly half of people killed under the scheme cited concerns about being a burden on family, friends, and caregivers as a reason for seeking assisted suicide.The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxemburg [sic] allow assisted suicide for dementia, alcohol and drug addiction, mental illness, and disability.
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