Victorians - get the facts!
No case for legalising assisted suicide can be made on the basis that this is the only possible response to Victorians facing unrelievable pain. Rather Victorians need universal access to gold standard palliative care which can alleviate pain, including using palliative sedation as a last resort.
The actual proposal for legalising assisted suicide would cover subjective, existential suffering, including fear of being a burden on others.
It would pose a very real threat to the disabled, the elderly, those with mental health issues and those Victorians, including young people, struggling with suicidal ideation.
Like capital punishment, legalising assisted suicide is not safe and cannot be made safe for all Victorians.
Legalising assisted suicide is unnecessary, unsafe and bad public policy.
Get the facts!
HOPE has prepared a series of FACT SHEETS looking at assisted suicide from a number of important perspectives.
Assisted Suicide - is the Oregon Model a model worth following? (FACT SHEET)
Assisted Suicide is bad public policy (FACT SHEET)
Assisted Suicide - is it really for 'enduring and unbearable suffering'? (FACT SHEET)
Assisted Suicide and the risk of coercion and elder abuse (FACT SHEET)
Assisted Suicide - a disability perspective (FACT SHEET)
Assisted Suicide and mental health (FACT SHEET)
Assisted suicide and suicide prevention - confusing messages (FACT SHEET)
Assisted Suicide and the Death Penalty (FACT SHEET)
Please feel free to download these FACT SHEETS, share them with your friends as well as, most importantly, your local Members of Parliament.
To raise your voice with your Victorian Members of Parliament, click HERE for more details.