Right to Life Australia's 2023 campaign to stop ''Death Virtually''
Right to Life Australia's campaign to oppose the use of telehealth to access assisted suicide and euthanasia is still continuing. We thank all of you who have contacted their Attorney-General, the Federal Attorney-General, MPs and Senators. This campaign is now in its 5th month of 2023!
If the law is varied there is no doubt that the numbers of vulnerable patients accessing assisted suicide will skyrocket as is happening in Canada. State and territory attorneys-general have been pushing their federal counterpart, Mark Dreyfus, to amend the law to exempt VAD programs.
Alarmingly, the Federal court may decide on this issue! The Court may make a decision on whether to allow tele-heath consultations for Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) before the Albanese government acts to change current laws.
Melbourne euthanasia practitioner Nick Carr has now sought a legal ruling on whether or not the federal law banning the use of phone or internet to "counsel" suicide applies to VAD programs which have been adopted in all states. A federal court may make a decision on whether to allow teleheath consultations for Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) before the Albanese government acts to change current laws. His application is set to be heard in October 2023. Please continue to contact your representatives to oppose the move to allow access to assisted suicide/ euthanasia by telehealth.