THE State Government will come under renewed pressure to change euthanasia laws as assisted dying campaigners converge on Parliament House demanding urgent legislative reform.
Every sitting Queensland MP has received an invitation to attend the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Life Choices Forum where Queenslanders will talk of their personal experiences with dying loves ones.
Liz Whitton, whose husband Glen died in 2010 after a long battle with melanoma which cost him the removal of both eyes before the cancer moved to his liver, said Queensland had to take a step forward.
Ms Whitton said it was heartbreaking to watch her husband forced to endure a lengthy period of pain before he died, and she believed Glen's suffering was ultimately meaningless.
"When we know that death is near, when we know it is merely a matter of days or perhaps weeks before the end, we should be able to help our loved ones and ourselves die with dignity, surrounded by those who love them," she said.
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