WA - Euthanasia Bill
UPDATE: The Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2010¬†was debated by the WA Legislative Council on 21-23 September 2010.
The GOOD NEWS - it was soundly DEFEATED - by 24 votes to 11 votes!
Thank you to all MPs who voted against the Bill!
A Bill that would legalise euthanasia was introduced into the Western Australian by¬†Greens MP Robin Chapple¬† - it is a¬†private member's bill called the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill (2010).
The Bill was read for the first time on¬†May 20, 2010.¬†Mr Chapple also gave his second reading speech. This was during a time allocated for the Greens to bring up private motions.
Debate and vote
The¬†parliament is likely to address this bill¬†in the¬†Greens' 'private members' time'. The first possibility for this was on¬†1 July - but it wasn't debated. It now seems that the Bill could be discussed later this year - either¬†September or November.
We oppose any form of voluntary euthanasia legislation.
In the Netherlands the Remmelink Inquiry found that many people had been killed in hospitals without giving their explicit consent for 'euthanasia'¬†(read overview of the Remmelink Inquiries).
There are few 'safeguards' in the proposed WA legislation meaning that people who are not even terminally ill could be persuaded to take their own life.
From a Christian perspective the sanctity of life is an important factor that we should not overlook.
Unfortunately, a group calling itself 'Christians Supporting Voluntary Euthanasia' is campaigning FOR the Bill, saying that Christians support euthanasia!
Please write individual letters to each of the 6 MPs -¬†address each by their name¬†and tell them you live in their region and they represent you! It is important that your letters and visits are carefully presented and discerning.
If you have personal experiences relating to death and dying, they can be useful in presenting a well argued case against the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia.
For MP names and details see our website:¬†click here.
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