Support Annie’s right to choose – see Annie’s latest video
Annie Gabrielides has Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and is fighting for the right to choose a peaceful death. Early in 2017, she was given a 12 month prognosis. Annie says she is terrified of an undignified, drawn out and painful death. Annie would like to live her life to the fullest, while she can, in the knowledge that she will be able to control the timing of her death, when her suffering is too great. Under the current law, this is not possible.
On 20 September, to mark the eve of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 being presented in the NSW Upper House, Annie released a new video which is centred around the day in August that she completed the Sydney City to Surf marathon, with the support of her family and friends. Annie is a speech pathologist, and tragically her speech was one of the first things the Motor Neuron Disease took from her.
Annie is using the precious months she has left to lobby NSW politicians before they vote on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017. Early this year, Annie, her husband Paul, and their children invited Dying with Dignity NSW members into their home in Sydney’s Blue Mountains to make this video to support her Change.org petition.
If you support Annie’s right to die peacefully and not be left trapped in a dying body, please sign her petition and share the message with your family and friends.
The draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW) was released at Parliament House on 16 May 2017 at a special media event where Annie presented her Change.org petition to the politicians and urged them to support the draft bill. Annie, and her husband Paul Gabrielides, say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by support for Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. Click article in the Blue Mountains Gazette 20 May 2017.
On 27 July Annie met with her local MP Trish Doyle, the Labor Member for Blue Mountains, and they made a short video to rally Trish’s colleagues to vote compassionately and help pass the NSW Bill. Annie wrote “I’ve got a big few weeks ahead of me, and new challenges with my health are constantly arising, but I am hopeful.” Following is their video:Please ACT NOW to support Annie. Click here to learn how you can help