Euthanasia: we can live without it
Following The Australian's news story today about another young life lost that was related to Philip NItschke and the Exit organisation, senior journalist, Angela Shanahan says that Nitschke and Exit must be stopped.
Recent news items featuring Dr. Philip Nitschke deserve some scrutiny (in addition to the scrutiny of medical authorities — see below).
The only consistent approach to suicide prevention is to oppose it and to prevent it in all its forms and for every reason.
There will be an inexorable creep towards the Nitschke/Exit philosophical position that is based squarely upon personal autonomy and nothing else.
For some time now, Philip Nitschke has been claiming that he had ‘discovered’ a ‘loophole’ in the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s procedures and protocols that would allow him to import the drug Nembutal into Australia.
Philip Nitschke seems to have scored a small victory - for now.
The Australian ABC TV network is running a story about two men who separately suicided using Exit International's methods. Both were in contact with Exit. Neither were terminally ill. Neither had reached Exit's arbitrary age of 50 years.
The law remains an important deterrent in assisting in suicide as do the social mores around the subject, generally.
the prohibition on euthanasia and assisted suicide is foundational to this expression of solidarity and the equal protection of the law
“Not a good look” said Phillip Nitschke to an ABC news journalist. He was referring to the fact that Merin Nielsen, the man convicted yesterday (Feb 16) in a Brisbane court of assisted suicide of Frank Ward in 2009 was the sole beneficiary of Ward’s estate.
The Victorian 'expert panel' contradicts the Parliamentary Committee.
Committee accepts assertions without scrutiny
New bill is a recipe for elder abuse
"...with good palliative care, no-one needs to die in unbearable pain, whether they die at home, hospice or hospital. I’m not sure that advocates of euthanasia really understand that."
The Parnell Bill was defeated in the SA Upper House last night. Debates on other three bills to continue in New Year.
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