Assisted suicide (physician
or otherwise) is where a drug is prescribed/provided for the express purpose of
enabling a person to kill themselves.
If the person cannot take the poison
themselves, a physician or someone else may be asked to assist. This then becomes euthanasia. The Victorian legislation allows for both euthanasia and assisted suicide.
As stated by the World Medical Association
, physician assisted suicide, like euthanasia, is unethical and must be condemned by the medical profession.
is always a tragedy and the effect of a suicide reaches well beyond the
individual who takes their life. Each year, the Victorian Government spends millions on
prevention. However, at
the same time, the door to suicide has been opened for certain groups of people
by legalising euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.
is incoherent and a contradiction to promote suicide as a tragedy as well as
good public policy at the same time.
Belgium and the Netherlands, deaths by euthanasia account for 4% of all deaths. If we
had the same level of response here
– euthanasia would be the sixth leading cause of death in Australia –
rate and five
times the current annual road toll.