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Euthanasia Oral Presentation
Transcript of Euthanasia Oral Presentation
Going Backwards: The news
Susan Potts; by all accounts a healthy individual with all her mental faculties
Learn the Smart Terms
The deliberate hastening of death by a terminally ill patient with assistance from a doctor, family member, or another individual.
The Law Worldwide
The only four places that today openly and legally, authorize active assistance in dying of patients, are:
1.Oregon (since l997, physician-assisted suicide only);
2.Switzerland (1941, physician and non-physician assisted suicide only);
3.Belgium (2002, permits 'euthanasia' but does not define the method;
4.Netherlands (voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide lawful since April 2002 but permitted by the courts since l984).
What's your opinion?
The voluntary termination of one's own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician. Physician-assisted suicide is the practice of providing a competent patient with a prescription for medication for the patient to use with the primary intention of ending his or her own life.
When the person who is killed has requested to be killed.
Gave an interview for the 'Sunday Night' program outlining her plans to die on the 19th of October last year, then on the 23rd she took her life
Did not wish to suffer the same painful death she saw her sister go through
The Law : Australia
"Crimes Act 1958 - SECT 6A
Suicide no longer a crime
6A. Suicide no longer a crime
The rule of law whereby it is a crime for a person to commit or to attempt to
commit suicide is hereby abrogated."
Though suicide was decriminalised, the act of euthanasia is still a punishable offence. This makes it a crime to assist in a non-crime.
Supporters of Euthanasia in Australia
Decriminalisation of Euthanasia in Australia is supported by:
- Australian Greens
- The Secular Party of Australia
- The Australian Sex Party
- The Australian Democrats
- Liberal Democratic Party
Now you have to listen because I don't like typing anymore, but here's an image for you to consider...
In the Northern Territory, Euthanasia was made legal in May 1995 for a brief amount of time under the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act. It was overturned in October '96.
Let's look at the numbers
In Australia, 78% of the population back the doctor’s right to end the patient’s life
- Roy Morgan Research Centre poll