Terminally ill people should have the right to end their lives on their own terms.
Sign and share this petition to have the issue of voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill people referred to the Victorian Law Reform Commission for review, so they can consult with the community, experts and medical practitioners and recommend the best way forward.
To the Attorney General of Victoria, Hon. Martin Pakula,
When people we love face intolerable suffering in the grip of terminal illness, we owe it to them to provide the choice of a dignified and peaceful death on their own terms.
The Victorian Law Reform Commission is the proper body to examine whether current laws that force people to endure intolerable suffering are in line with community expectations, and provide advice on how the law can be reformed to offer control and a more compassionate choice to terminally ill people.
As things stand, doctors aren't even allowed to talk to patients about dying with dignity. However, we know that behind closed doors, doctors, nurses and families are already taking actions to hasten the death of their patients and loved ones. A Dying with Dignity legal framework, with strong safeguards for patients, is a safer and fairer option that will remove these pressures from all parties during such a difficult time and provide piece of mind.
This is a very challenging and emotional issue for many Victorians. But so many of us have had the experience of sitting at the bedside of a dying loved one who is suffering and crying out for help. We can't walk away from them. The least they deserve is that the Victorian community engage in a mature discussion about what can be done.
The overwhelming majority of Victorians want the right to talk to their doctors about what options are available and be given a choice.
Please refer the matter of voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill people to the Victorian Law Reform Commission for inquiry, consideration and report.
I trust you will treat this request with the urgency, compassion and consideration that it deserves.