Thursday, August 23, 2018

Western Australian Liberal MP opposes report calling for Canadian style euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coaliiton

Western Australia parliament.
The Western Australian End of Life Choices committee has released their report recommending legalization of Canadian style euthanasia (MAiD).

The Committee decided that doctors should be permitted to lethally inject or provide lethal drugs to a person who is: “experiencing grievous and irremed­iable suffering related to an advanced and progressive ­terminal, chronic or neuro-degenerative condition that cannot be alleviated in a manner acceptable to the person."

Liberal MP Hon. Nick Goiran, who was a member of the committee, wrote a 248 page minority report titled: License to Care not License to Kill opposing the legalization of euthanasia or assisted suicide. The media quoted Goiran as stating:
Hon Nick Goiran
the risks of legalising assisted suicide were too great. “Indeed, I am convinced that assisted suicide is a recipe for elder abuse,” he said.  
Download Nick Goiran's report: License to Care not License to Kill.
“The safety of the people of Western Australia ought to be our highest law. 
“I also have serious concerns for the impact upon our desperate efforts on suicide prevention in Western Australia. Our ongoing suicide rate of around one person per day is tragic, and we simply cannot afford the dangerous mixed message that comes with assisted suicide.”
Link to Nick Goiran's report titled: License to Care not License to Kill.

The Western Australian committee chose language that is very similar to the undefined language employed by Canada's euthanasia law.

In June 2017, Ontario Justice Paul Perrell, defined the language (natural death must be reasonably foreseeable) within Canada's euthanasia law to include a 77-year-old woman with osteoarthritis.

Perrell decided that the woman qualified for death by lethal injection because she was nearly 80 and lived with a chronic degenerative condition, even though her natural death was not reasonably foreseeable.

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