Jen Barnes leads Victorian petition
Jen Barnes is a Victorian nurse of 40 years, who is dying of brain cancer. Jen and her husband Ken, like 75% of Victorians, want a voluntary assisted dying law. Jen has said:
“I’ve seen a lot of deaths and some of them have been far from ideal. Now I have a terminal illness. It’s an aggressive form of brain cancer and I know that it can lead to a very undignified death. I may be lucky and I may just drift into a slumber. But I may suffer with seizures. I could certainly potentially be confused or have my words so jumbled that I make no sense. I don’t want to die. No-one wants to die. Because we all want to see the next grandchild, the next birthday, the trees bloom or whatever – we all want that. But I know that at some point in time they’re not going to be able to help me and they’ll say, ‘No, we can’t operate, we can’t give you treatments anymore, and this is the beginning of the end’. Palliative care is very good but I know that it doesn’t work for everybody. If it comes to it, I will want another option. It’s very important to me to have control of my destiny.“
With legislation due to go before Victoria’s Parliament later this year, Jen and Ken have spoken out in short videos made by Go Gentle Australia and initiated a petition to the members of the Victorian Parliament – click to sign the petition
Jen’s husband, Ken Barnes, also made a video to send a message to the Victorian Parliament:
On 14 June 2017, Jen Barnes spoke to Neil Mitchell on radio 3AW – click to listen to the podcast (12.24 mins)
On 6 June 2017, Andrew Denton, Tracey Spicer, and Jen Barnes attended a “Progress 2017” event in Melbourne and had a frank and open conversation about voluntary assisted dying and what it means for you and your family. See live video from the event (66mins) below.