OPINION: We deserve the right to die with dignity
I WRITE to voice my support of dying with dignity (euthanasia).
"It is legally and ethically acceptable for a dying patient to endure a slow, tortuous death by dehydration and starvation - or to end their life violently and alone yet it is legally and ethically unacceptable for that same dying patient to choose a quick and painless end to their suffering." Andrew Denton, Nation Press Club Address, August 10, 2016.
I want Queensland to make history, and introduce compassionate laws that will prevent good people from dying cruel deaths.
I want to see an end to the needless and horrific suffering and trauma that is currently taking place in the absence of these laws.
I want to see Queenslanders given more options at the end of life.
I have volunteered at aged care facilities and hospices and know what a lot of them are asking for.
I want you to hear my voice, and that of the countless others who are suffering in Queensland today, yesterday and in the future.
We all have the right to an opinion and know many will dismiss the request for this law but let's write this law and give everyone a choice.
It's our right, our life, our body, and it is us who should make the decision.
We are responsible human beings.
Palliative care is not always an option.
Parliamentary representatives are elected to act on our behalf. I do not expect you to avoid the tough issues by not making decisions.
They are meant to represent the people of Queensland and in this matter they have failed horribly by not giving due consideration to the many wanting this law to come about.
Discussions around the topics of dying and death are increasing across the country and the globe.
Avoiding looking at these topics does not make them go away.
Over the last decade, numerous national surveys have taken place and continuously shown that more than 70% of Australians support a law for assisted dying.
I am one of them.