Watch: "Doctors: The AMA Doesn't Speak For Me."

Voluntary euthanasia is an issue that our medical professionals want discussed. 

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now. 

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


Watch: "Governor Jerry Brown's Change Of Heart"

In October 2015, Californian Governor Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, signed off on a voluntary euthanasia law after spending days questioning his moral position. The story of a young woman, Brittany Maynard, helped with this decision.

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now. 

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


Watch: "It Should Be Done With Love"

Voluntary euthanasia is about compassion.

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now. 

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


Watch: "Doctors: Being With Patients"

Voluntary euthanasia is about a doctor's ability to offer patients all options when they need them. 

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now. 

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


Watch: "Do No Harm."

A doctor's oath is to do no harm. But what of the harm when someone is left to suffer who could otherwise have been released from that suffering? 

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now. 

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


Watch: "Doctors: I Support VE Because..."

Voluntary euthanasia is a public health issue.

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now.

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


End Of Life Options Act Passes In Colorado

Proposition 106, the End of Life Options Act, was today passed by voters in Colorado with a margin of 2 to 1.

The 2016 bill was a modified version of the bill Representatives Court and Ginal introduced in 2015 with Rep. Lucia Guzman (D-Denver). It was heard and voted down in a House Committee.

The 2015 session was the first time a Death with Dignity bill was considered in the Colorado legislature after the Oregon Death with Dignity Act went into effect. Colorado had considered physician-assisted dying bills in 1995 and 1996. Read more about the bill via Death With Dignity in the US.

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South Australia: Contact Your State MP



More than 70% of Australians support voluntary euthanasia, and yet there is still no law.

On October 20 the Death With Dignity Bill 2016 was introduced into South Australian Parliament— a Bill for people suffering from a terminal condition, and including strong, clear safeguards to protect the vulnerable. 

The bill will be debated in November.

Please join us in making sure South Australia's politicians listen to the public will, listen to the overwhelming public support for compassionate law reform, and support this Bill.

You can email your local member here. Simply enter your name, email address and postcode, and we'll take care of the rest.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate below. Not sure which electorate you live in? Click here and enter your address to find your electorate.

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South Australians: Share Your Story

The absence of voluntary euthanasia legislation in Australia is causing widespread suffering and trauma across our communities. The South Australian Death With Dignity Bill 2016 is due to be debated this month, but despite strong safeguards, penalties and oversights, many South Australian MPs still oppose this legislation.

If you live in South Australia and have been impacted by this issue, we would be grateful to hear your story. We will collect them and send them to your state MP so they cannot ignore the real suffering that is taking place every day in the absence of this law.

We welcome all different formats: written, spoken or even video, for example recorded with a smartphone.

To share your story, please click here and enter your information.

Please include at the beginning of your story which state electorate you live in, so we can easily identify which MP to contact. Not sure which state electorate you live in? Click here and enter your address to find your electorate.


Read Dr Duncan McFetridge MP's Response to Bill Opponents

 

“No one wants to see them suffering – least of all me.”

“I support voluntary euthanasia – but not this bill.”

“I revere the sanctity of life – but not at any cost.”

South Australian Liberal MP and proponent of the Death With Dignity Bill 2016, Duncan McFetridge, has published a rebuttal to the Bill's opponents in South Australian Parliament, also outlining the facts and strong inbuilt safeguards.

In the piece he states that:

As one of the proponents of the voluntary euthanasia (VE) legislation being currently debated by the South Australian Parliament, I have heard all the excuses and all the furphies, as well as some outright lies.

In particular, he targets Government whip Tom Kenyon for his religious comments made last month:

Government whip Tom Kenyon opposes voluntary euthanasia on the grounds that it amounts to “state-sanctioned killing”: nothing could be further from the truth. This voluntary euthanasia bill is about shortening an inevitable and painful death, not life.

Using Mr Kenyon’s own logic, if we do not provide a law enabling a gentle exit for those who have a terminal illness and are suffering at the end of life, it must surely amount to state-sanctioned torture.

 

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