Euthanasia: we can live without it
The ABC website The Drum recently gave Dr Rodney Syme space to continue his public defence of his actions in respect to the 2009 death of Steve Guest in Melbourne. Syme admits to providing Guest with Nembutal but claims he did so for palliative reasons, saying ‘it was not my intention’ that he should end his life
What gets hidden in the layers of emotion and fear peddling is the deeper reality that euthanasia and assisted suicide are really not about the fabled ‘last resort’ situations of ‘unbearable pain’.
It has always been about small groups of people, an elite, who drive the agenda. This is simply another example of that.
The medical industrial complex has an inaccurate, but incredibly powerful, view on my life. Disability is often framed, in medical terms, as the ultimate disaster and certainly as a deficit.
This is a great opportunity to promote good care instead of killing.
When we cross that clear bright line drawn and held in the one place for millenia, we do not simply crossover for the supposed few. If we cross for some, we cross for all.
Through it all, this really is little more than grandstanding; trying to force the issue through emotion.
Motion fails to draw support from the chamber.
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