Dr Edelman: They said my dad wouldn’t suffer, but he did

Dr Edelman: They said my dad wouldn’t suffer, but he did

By Dr Sarah Edelman
President of Dying with Dignity NSW

Although he was in one of the best palliative care facilities in Melbourne, dying was a slow, cruel process. Since that time three more bills seeking to legalise assisted dying (in NSW, Tasmania and South Australia) have been rejected by state parliaments. To hear politicians blithely debating euthanasia laws is particularly galling, having experienced the painful end of this process. Our state and federal parliaments comprise a large proportion of MPs with strong religious beliefs, relative to the general population. This affects the way they vote on social policy issues. On many issues, these MP are out of step even with the majority of Australian Christians.