A bill to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide is set to be introduced to the WA Parliament.
The unsafe legislation, which will put the lives of the elderly and vulnerable at risk, is yet another attack on the sanctity of human life.
The solution for improving end of life care is highly accessible palliative care during a time of great emotional distress, not killing patients.
In a state with dire statistics relating to elder abuse, mental health and youth suicide, the WA government must instead fix chronic underfunding of palliative care, especially as regional and rural WA are being denied equal access to specialists.
WA has under one third of the palliative care specialists required by national benchmarks and the state needs more than $100 million in annual spending on palliative care for staffing and education, in addition to funding for infrastructure such as palliative care wards and beds.
Wrongful deaths are guaranteed by this bill, which has even less safeguards than Victoria. No permit will be required to ensure a legal and robust process. There is no requirement for expert assessment of patient capacity. Evidence from WA’s chief psychiatrist on the importance of psychiatric assessments was ignored. Patients will be able to “doctor-shop” for any two doctors, who do not need to be financially independent, nor have expertise in palliative care or in the patient’s condition. The doctors can also hide the true cause of death on the death certificate.
Legalising euthanasia weakens society’s anti-suicide measures and other prohibitions on killing. It also undermines safeguards against non-voluntary euthanasia.
This bill must be rejected.
Please urgently contact MPs and ask them to oppose the bill.
It’s easy and will only take a few moments of your time.
NOTE: This campaign is open to WA residents only.