The Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 2013 was recently introduced to the NSW Legislative Council. The bill was voted down yesterday 23 to 13. A victory for healthcare, compassion, and real dignity.
Those who are asking us to accept assisted suicide insist that its legalisation will not affect those who do not wish to end their lives when terminally ill. They ask us not to stand in the way of those who wish to die at a time, and in a way, of their choosing. They give examples of people who are in pain, and ask us to change the law to alleviate their sufferings. These cases are often tragic and you cannot help but be moved to want to assist these people in any way possible. But as difficult as these cases are, when making laws we also need to be concerned about what a change in law would do for future generations.
The NSW Legislative Council made the right decision. Thank you.
Monica Doumit (Lawyer and Catholic Talk contributor)