This 2018 year is ending ambiguously for the ACT Dying with Dignity movement. The pursuit of Federal politicians in Australia to justify their passing the Euthanasia Laws Act which began in April 2 years ago has born some fruit at the international level.
In July 2015 the World Federation of Right to Die Societies (WFRtDS) asked its 50 member societies to identify the most common arguments against voluntary euthanasia. They identified that the main opposition came from religious leaders and religious political parties.
Assisted suicide is still prohibited by law in many countries. Free and responsible citizens continue to be patronised and prevented against their will from ending their suffering and life in a manner they personally consider dignified. Relatives and friends who respect the wish of a seriously ill person to die and who give him or her their support are still being treated as criminals.
The DWDACT submission to the Australian Capital Territory’s Legislative Assembly Select Committee on End of Life Choices
In brief, I advocated that coroners should identify a cohort of self-inflicted death by the elderly and the terminally and hopelessly ill that is premature, lonely and usually violent.
The prime task of DWDACT is to bring about law reform in the area of dying. We wish to make the choice to die the decision of the individual supported by the state.