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Facts Not Fear 1: Vulnerability

06 Mar 2020 12:27 PM | Philip Patston (Administrator)

This is the first of a number of posts we'll be sharing this year to dispel myths about the End of Life Choice Act and giving you facts you can share with others.

Let’s look at the false negatives put forward by the opposition, starting in this post with the concept of 'vulnerable’ and who our opponents consider vulnerable. These include:

  • very young people (not permitted in the Act anyway)
  • elderly people (presumably because older folk don’t know what they are doing)
  • sick people (so, being terminally ill would exclude you unless you have a prognosis of less than six months to live)
  • people who are depressed (again, specifically excluded)
  • people with long- or short-term disabilities (excluded unless they are terminally ill with less than six months to live)
  • people who may feel coerced (excluded, of course).

This list shows that our opponents want EVERYONE excluded. In other words - no medically assisted dying for anyone.

One last thought – at the moment terminally ill people are having treatment decisions, such as terminal sedation, made for them by family members and doctors, without any safeguards being considered.

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