“The Age” on why our lawmakers should legalise VAD

“The Age” on why our lawmakers should legalise VAD

The Age embraces the news, and urges parliamentarians to support a voluntary assisted dying bill in Victoria. They believe there is a compelling case for the change, which polls have shown has long been supported by as many as four in five Australians, and which has happened elsewhere in the world. The case for change is In short: there can be a crescendo of suffering as death nears; a doctor’s duty is to relieve suffering; some suffering will only be relieved by death; a doctor’s duty is to respect a patient’s autonomy; some patients rationally and persistently request assistance to die; palliative care cannot relieve all the pain and suffering of dying patients.

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