The Euthanasia Law or the Assisted Dying Bill has recently passed Victoria’s Lower House (Australia). It was only a 26 hour debate, but the pro euthanasia proponents have been lobbying for it for decades and many of the politicians have been worn down by the constant pressure.


 Whenever the issue comes up there are emotional appeals from relatives of those who would have chosen assisted dying if it had been legalized. One such person is someone who had the power to initiate it and did was Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews. Legalised restrictions will be in place by the time it takes effect in 2019. Victorians suffering with an advanced and incurable illness, disease or medical condition [will] be able to seek a medically assisted death.’ But name me an issue, any issue, that stayed set in stone once it became law. Once you set the parameters, someone is bound to come along and stretch and mutate them.  


We are too civilised, that’s what it is. A woman sitting next to me at a bus stop pointed to an elderly man who was shuffling across the zebra crossing to the next bus bay. How marvellous, I thought, that he refused to let his disabilities get in the way of what he wanted to do. The woman sitting next to me, said ‘if he was a dog we would put him down.’ I’m afraid that that is where we are heading. We are too civilised to take the life of mass murderers or terrorists; we have rejected capital punishment, calling it state sanctioned murder but it seems to me that we are okay with state sanctioned euthanasia.


I’m resurrecting this piece. I’ve been seeing the writing on the wall for a while now, but three years ago when I wrote it, the inevitable was obvious.


When the media choses an issue to champion one never hears from the other side. It’s not the media’s way these days to produce the facts and allow people to decide for themselves.


Assisted dying is now a fact in this state. I’m dedicating this page to those who have had similar experiences to mine or those who just want to have a say. I’d be interested in your comments and pleased to post them.


My father loved life and because he didn’t believe in the afterlife he treasured life. He spent his last handful of days in palliative care, and clung to every precious minute. The pain of cancer leaking through the medication was preferable to that long good night he knew was waiting for him. On the 8th day of his stay his medication was withdrawn and he slipped into a coma. He died on the 11th day.

That he outlasted the average 3 ½ days stay in palliative care was because I fought for it. His doctor stopped his blood transfusions; the implication was that it was an obvious waste of a precious resource. And once my dad was in a coma, the nurses who had previously talked about dying with dignity did not enter his room even once. Had he been able to say so, my dad would have said that living with dignity was preferable to dying with dignity and euthanasia was stealing something from him that was a lot more precious than gold or jewels.


When euthanasia did not have the sanction of the law, it was here nevertheless in different guises for those people who genuinely couldn’t cope and wanted it. A combination of compassion for those who want to go and limited resources and cost is what drives the pro euthanasia lobby. They want it out in the open and legal and they want it available to us all.

The thought of what will be let loose once assisted dying is legalized is horrifying to me, but obviously the lobbyists haven’t given it a thought.

Once euthanasia is legalized it will be like anything else that is based on emotion rather than facts. It will be a matter of time before the bean counters and the medics get together, for the sake of the financial bottom line, to justify culling the elderly and the infirm. After that it would be people with mental and physical disabilities. We don’t like state sanctioned murder, but I think this is far worse. What if you’re okay but tired of life as one woman I heard about a couple of years ago was? It’s her body and her right to do what she wants with it was the general consensus.


I’m not sure what happened to population zero. That was the popular catch cry some time in the late sixties. We are overpopulating and that generally means more of a fight for finite resources and, I predict, less respect for life.

The trouble with lobbying is that it’s only people with a personal agenda that push for it. The rest of us who are against it, are smug in our belief that things will stay the way they are without our interference and terribly surprised when it’s too late and we find we have been wrong.

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    • Hi, Lander, I also believe in the sanctity of life. So did my dad. He didn’t believe he’d be back in another incarnation. Dad wanted every second owing to him in this world, now. The medical staff at palliative care where he spend his last few days chose his moment of death when they withdrew his medication. He fell into a coma and died. This was before the euthanasia bill was passed here. In this case, the need of the individual to hold on as long as possible was not considered. I worry about the next step now that euthanasia is legal here.

  1. Hi Mary. I think it’s right to be worried about the safety, legal application and protection of euthanasia laws. I’m in favour of voluntary euthanasia. Dying with dignity sounds simple but just reading your post (and past posts) and comment above in response to Vagabondurges, shows the many facets of the subject that need to be considered. I’d like to add that Doctors placed in the position of assisting a person (in pain) to die, walk a very fine line or indeed cross it. I wonder of their view on the subject. I’m glad I’m not one having to construct the legislation on this. Happy Christmas Mary.

    • You say that you’re glad you are not the one to construct the legislation, Bruce. I said the same thing when my mother-in-law died of a brain tumour, thirty years ago. I like to think that if I was given that responsibility now, I would not base my decisions on emotion. but learn from the successes and failures in countries that had had euthanasia for years and then work out a plan. But then, I wouldn’t be a politician, calculating the voting odds. 🙂
      A happy Christmas to you and yours too, Bruce and a peaceful 2018 to us all.

  2. Thank you for this post. I disagree with you on legalization of death with dignity, personally I see it as the most fundamental right a person should have and am not remotely worried about a slippery slope taking us from there to government murder, but I always appreciate thoughtful statements of differing views. And thank you for sharing the story of your father’s passing, it was very human, poignant, and relatable. Happy holidays!

    • Thank you for your comment, Vagabond. I’m happy to hear from anyone whether or not they agree with me. That’s free speech. Who can argue with emotive terms like ‘death with dignity’? It’s been the mantra of the pro-euthanasia lobby groups for years. But for every person who wants to die with dignity there’s someone (like my dad) who knows he’s not coming back and wants to live every moment owing to him. You’d be excused for thinking that people like my dad don’t exist because we never hear from them or their equally emotional relatives. They do.

      Australia claims that the procedure will be used only for the terminally ill and I’m sure that the politicians are as sincere about it as politicians are capable of being sincere. But it would have been better to have first checked the outcomes in countries that have had euthanasia for a while. In Belgium, deaf twins asked to be euthanised because they became blind; a woman asked to be euthanised because she was suffering from anorexia. In the US, a woman received a letter from her insurance company refusing to pay for her chemotherapy, but offering assisted suicide instead. Nothing remains static. Merry Christmas to you Vagabond and a happy new year.

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