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Transcript of Euthanasia
• A domino effect may occur dreadful abuses
• Criminal use of euthanasia could also occur
Euthansia in General:
Implications of changing the Legislation
Effectiveness of legal and non-legal ways.
The legal ways
•Australia had numerous attempts to change the law governing euthanasia and assisted suicide.
•In every State in Australia except Queensland, however, 55% of QLD politicians personally believe Euthanasia should be
•Party lines and re-elections play a big part in the change of legislation.
•Most bills seeking a change of legislation are from the Greens, Democrats and Independent, a minority from ALP.
The illegal ways
•A survey showed that a number of doctors have performed voluntary euthanasia in Australia illegally.
•This only subtly promotes the use of euthanasia as this information is not widespread in the public.
in Australia many people will take it as their first and only choice...
• In Australia, several legislative attempts have been undertaken to legalise euthanasia but at present, it remains unlawful.
• The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT) is an example of an attempt to allow medically assisted voluntary euthanasia at the request of a terminally ill person
• –euthanasia conducted with consent.
• - euthanasia is the act of ‘mercy killing’ conducted without consent.
euthanasia-when life sustaining treatments are suppressed
euthanasia-when lethal substances or forces are used to end the patient’s life
• is the deliberate action with the express intention of ending a life to relieve persistent suffering.
• It had been a controversial and emotive subject of moral, religion, philosophical, legal and human rights debate in Australia.
• The elderly have been heavily involved in pro-euthanasia protests.
• They have influenced the young and the government’s views on legalizing euthanasia.
Euthanasia has been
in Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the states of Oregon and Washington in the USA since 2009.
....because we all deserve a peaceful death
Dr Philip Nitschke-director of Exit International
Euthanasia in General:
Implications of a change in the legislation:
Effectivenss of legal and non-legal ways: &
Legalising euthanasia will significantly change Australia’s perception on life.
• It will cost a fortune to keep the terminally ill on life support.
• Doctors could be spending their efforts on younger patients who still have hope.
• Eases the pain of the ill patient
There was once an old man who had been diagnosed with dementia.....
he wanted to savor every moment with them......
However, he was concerned with the affects of dementia....
....gradually making him immobile and unable to recognize the family that he loved....
Due to the fact that euthanasia was illegal...
...his only choice was to suicide before he reached that state of immobility.....
...where he will be unable to take his own life....
...this old man was forced to bite his tongue off,...
causing a great loss of
...and that was how he died...
If euthanasia was legal, he would've been able to stay with his family longer, until the late stages of dementia, and not to have to suffer so much pain when leaving them.
‘The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT) was the only legislature that has ever been passed in Australia, regarding voluntary euthanasia,
The 2nd of May 2013-The Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 2013 was introduced.
Final Vote: of 13 Ayes and 23 Noes.