If you are religious and believe it is God's will when people should die then the fact that God takes away people's ability to get themselves food or water, get medications or give themselves medications, be able to move or think or function in a way that prolongs their life suggests God wants them to die there and then when he takes away their capability to stay alive - it therefore stands to reason that it's the people around them going against God's willthat is keeping them alive.
If I didn't have such a compassionate Doctor up here, I'd move down there.I saw too many violent suicides as an Ambo by people driven to the act by a system using religious dogma and the BuyBull to justify keeping others alive, miserable and in pain.Hopefully the religious bigots will pull their heads in and not attempt to quell this act of compassion through the use of legal processes...
It's a difficult debate, but we already interfere with the natural course of death by giving medication, transplants and other life saving surgeries, when without these things people would die. It's just the other side of the coin really.
Timothy Train, euthanasia is not compulsory. The very fact that it is there gives people a sense of control and very often don't use it. It will only be available to those in the last months of a terminal illness.
About time, now people can die in a dignified manner, free from pain. No more humiliation and suffering. Come on the rest of Australia follow suite.
Another nail in the coffin of the power the churches have over Parliament and the citizens of victoria.well done to the 22 politicians who voted for our rites over religions .
I consider this great news. Yes it will be sad for the persons family and friends but everyone deserves to go out on their own terms as long as they are of sound mind to make the decision and to comprehend the gravity of their decision. I never want to lose any of my family but I don't want them to suffer unnecessarily either.
As difficult a decision this was to make, I believe the outcome is full of humility and compassion. There will be several guidelines put in place to regulated this law, providing the service to those who really need it. We must keep this in context and never forget: this is up to the individual, the person who is suffering on a daily basis with no hope of reprieve, the person who is experiencing the pain that they have been medically diagnosed, will be with them till the end of their days. They have a right to have their say and determine their own end. We have to respect that. Imagine being in their shoes, ultimately facing a painful end which there is no escape, knowing the quality of life you had will never return and in all likeliness worsen. I would not want that type of end for anyone, let alone a parent, sibling, relative, friend, but that is for each person to decide should they find themselves in such dire circumstances.
Huge progress for those suffering unimaginable pain and want to die humanely. Anyone who hasn’t been through it or a caretaker of such a person has no room for judgement. It may be you begging down the road.
It's actually assisted dying law - euthanasia is not the same - you euthanase an animal if they are suffering. You don't euthanize people - it is a very emotive word, which is why it has taken many years to have an assisted dying law.