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D grade video needs Fact Check

"The depiction of the death of Victorian Mr Sims using a 12 year old  DVD movie is an amateur attempt at influencing young people to lobby MPs for assisted suicide," said Mary Collier CEO Right to Life Australia.

The video shows Mr Sims crying in pain, thrashing in his bed, and supported with a melodramatic daughter at his side. Production of a video which is released with the specific goal of reaching young voters is a dangerous move. Many young people are themselves vulnerable, coping with pressures such as embarking on a career and relationships. It is irresponsible to blatantly target young people - creating the scenario that this could happen to them, that dying in a Victorian Hospital is an alarming event and assisted suicide is a way out.    

Ms Collier said, "The reality is that the legalisation of assisted suicide spells danger for the vulnerable in society as has been shown in every jurisdiction in the world.  In Holland, Belgium and Oregon the numbers and categories of people whose lives are ended by ingesting a deathly drug have increased exponentially.  431 people in Holland in 2015 were euthanized against their will.  In 2015 UK, and prior to that Scotland and Wales voted against assisted suicide – why?"

She went on, "Too dangerous. Recently, 7 Judges in New York’s highest court ruled doctor assisted suicide is illegal in that state.  Their reasoning included the protection of vulnerable patients from pressure to end their lives.  The lawsuit argued that assisted suicide was “different” and used euphemisms such as assisted dying. The court ruled that the crime of helping a person with suicide was no different than assisted suicide."

She continued, "Over the past few months I have visited the Olivia Newton John Cancer Centre in Melbourne to see a seriously ill friend.   Not once have I seen a patient writhing in pain, nor a relative in a state of hysteria.  Nurses are able to administer pain control using a mobile drug trolley which can be moved quickly to a bedside.  I have seen many relatives who are feeding their loved ones, many visitors who smile and nod to other patients.  I have seen relatives comforted. Patients, who are extremely ill are not in the four bed ward, but are in a single room, where they can have privacy and more intensive nursing care."  

Ms Collier said, “Many specialist doctors and psychiatrists in Victoria are alarmed that this bill will even be introduced and have made delegations to MPs to advise them of current medical processes to address pain, and psychological issues at end of life.   They are professionals who have years of training and qualifications.  They remind us that Victorian palliative care specialists provide excellent service to those who are at the end of life."

MPs and all Victorian voters, no matter what age, must be provided with the most up-to date evidence and statistically correct arguments to make a decision. Ms Collier said, "Many specialist doctors and psychiatrists in Victoria are alarmed that this bill will even be introduced and have made delegations to MPs to advise them of current medical processes to address pain, and psychological issues at end of life.   They are professionals who have years of training and qualifications. They remind us that Victorian palliative care specialists provide excellent service to those who are at the end of life.  Listen to the experts, not a group pedalling a D grade video."  

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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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