By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The Western Australian End of Life Choices committee has released their report recommending legalization of Canadian style euthanasia (Medical Assistance in Dying–MAiD).
The Committee decided that doctors should be permitted to lethally inject or provide lethal drugs to a person who is
“experiencing grievous and irremediable suffering related to an advanced and progressive terminal, chronic or neuro-degenerative condition that cannot be alleviated in a manner acceptable to the person.”
Liberal MP Hon. Nick Goiran, who was a member of the committee, wrote a 248 page minority report opposing the legalization of euthanasia or assisted suicide. According to the Australian, Goiran said the risks of legalising assisted suicide were too great. “Indeed, I am convinced that assisted suicide is a recipe for elder abuse,” he said.
“The safety of the people of Western Australia ought to be our highest law.
“I also have serious concerns for the impact upon our desperate efforts on suicide prevention in Western Australia. Our ongoing suicide rate of around one person per day is tragic, and we simply cannot afford the dangerous mixed message that comes with assisted suicide.”
The Western Australian committee chose language that is very similar to the undefined language employed by Canada’s euthanasia law.
In June 2017, Ontario Justice Paul Perrell defined the language (natural death must be reasonably foreseeable) within Canada’s euthanasia law to include a 77-year-old woman with osteoarthritis.
Perrell decided that the woman qualified for death by lethal injection because she was nearly 80 and lived with a chronic degenerative condition, even though her natural death was not reasonably foreseeable.
On August 14, the Australian Senate (federal) defeated a euthanasia bill by a vote of 36 to 34.
Thank you Nick Goiran for standing up against the legalization of euthanasia.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.