Council of the Aging chief executive, Ian Yates, made the call for a national phone line adding that the problem of Elder Abuse was, “likely to continue with the aging population.”
ASB’s recent judgment on complaints against Exit International’s billboards defies logic.
On the 30th of November, the NT News reported that the architect of the NT’s short-lived ‘Rights of the Terminally Ill Act’ and former NT Chief Minister, Marshall Perron, will return to the Territory to speak on euthanasia at a forum on Monday the 6th of December at Darwin.
SA Health Minister John Hill MP circulates a draft euthanasia bill for South Australia in 2011.
Following the Scottish Parliamentary Inquiry that firmly rejected Independent MSP Margo MacDonald’s End of Life Assistance Bill, the parliament itself has voted down the proposal by a whopping 85 to 16 (two abstentions).
At the same time as the Scottish Parliament was about to throw Margo MacDonald’s euthanasia bill out into the cold, a disturbing report from Aberdeenshire Council suggests that there are up to 100 reports each month of vulnerable adults being abused.
This abuse mostly affects those with a disability, mental or other illness.
It is simply not true to assume that the disadvantaged and vulnerable have the same protection of the law and knowledge of and ability to claim their rights as others in the community. Consequently, it can never be claimed that access to euthanasia and assisted suicide by the disabled is about a level playing field.
After thwarting some fairly serious attempts to discredit me personally and HOPE by association in the days following the victory in the SA parliament, I couldn’t help but see the ‘lighter side’ of an attempted smear on the letters page of the local newspaper.