The efforts of all State governments and healthcare workers are to be commended in working to ‘saving lives’ under the dreadful COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the efforts of the NSW State Government with lockdowns and restrictions in travel and work to saving lives, no thought is given to the NSW MP Alex Greenwich’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 (VAD) introduced last week aimed at ‘ending lives’. The VAD bill is likely to be tabled on Thursday, 12 August 2021 with a view to it being debated in parliament in September 2021.
“The VAD Bill is a contradiction and belittles the efforts of State governments in NSW and QLD to ‘save lives’ given the fact that Voluntary Assisted Dying and Euthanasia is NOT Healthcare, is NOT Palliative Care, and is NOT Reverseable,” said Greg Bondar, NSW/ACT State Director at FamilyVoice Australia.
The VAD bill, if passed by NSW Parliament, would make the act of one person killing another legal in NSW. This is clearly ‘State-Sanctioned Suicide’ which makes a mockery of ‘suicide prevention’ and our ‘COVID-19 Saving Lives’ campaigns by the government, peak NSW organisations, families, Aged-Care centres and the medical profession.
“Proponents of the NSW VAD bill are nothing more than ‘political pharisees’ if they support saving lives under COVID-19 but not under euthanasia” added Greg Bondar.
If we value life, believe in hope, trust modern healthcare, and wish to give our loved ones a chance, then we must oppose any moves to legalise Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in NSW/QLD.