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Hard cases make bad law

Dr. Rodney Syme is publicising yet another sad and sorry case in his attempt to have assisted suicide and euthanasia legalised. Ray Godbold’s “existential despair” cannot justify changing our prohibition against killing another person. Are requests for assisted suicide truly autonomous, truly free, informed and considered or can they be the result of depression, or a sense of being worthless, or a burden to others, or pressure from relatives, or inability to afford medical treatment?

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Hartland's Euthanasia Push - Update

The motion of Greens MLC Colleen Hartland seeking referral of the issue of euthanasia for the terminally ill to the Law Reform Commission has bitten the dust! Thank you to all of you who responded to our call for action.

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Licence to kill is bad public policy

Granting a licence to kill people is bad public policy.  Politicians have to take responsibility for making life and death decisions about their constituents.  They are our elected representatives.  Their first duty is to protect the lives of the country’s citizens.

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Transcript from Victorian Legislative Council debate about euthanasia

Here is an abridged version of the transcript of the debate about Colleen Hartland's motion to refer euthanasia to the Victorian Law Reform Commission. This debate took place in the Victorian Legislative Council on Wednesday 15 April. Thankfully the motion did not go to a vote, but it may be brought up again at a later date.

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Dr Carling-Jenkins - advocate for right to life

Congratulations to our new ambassador for life in the Legislative Council of the Victorian Parliament.  In her maiden speech on 12 February 2015 Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins MLC said "I refuse to believe that we can determine that one human being has a greater right to live or to be protected simply because they are healthier, more intelligent, richer or better able to survive without the help and support of others.  

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LATEST NEWS

Vol Assisted Dying Bill discussion paper The Vic Andrews Govt has released a Discussion paper on its proposed Euthanasia Bill asking Victorians to help design the death bill! Prof Brian Owler, Chair-Ministerial Advisory Panel stated “… the panel will not consider feedback that expresses an opinion for or against assisted dying.  The panel asks for "feedback based on people's" expertise and experience to provide perspectives on the access, safeguards and practical considerations in creating a compassionate and safe assisted dying framework". Obviously the views of those "experienced" in the detail of killing patients are being sought but those who oppose the killing are excluded.  Express your opposition to the design of the killing programme! It is the next step in the deadly process. Send an email to the Panel by Mon 10 April 2017 to <Assisteddying.frameworkresponses@dhhs.vic.gov.au>    Contact your MP and tell him/her you oppose the design of a bill which kills Victorians.  Email us for contact details.

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The Right to Life Australia Inc. defends the right to life of all human beings from conception until natural death. We lobby government for legal protection of the most vulnerable in society – the unborn baby, elderly, sick and those with disabilities. Right to Life Australia provides free counselling to women facing crisis pregnancies.  We are non-party political and non-denominational.

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