The Victorian inquiry into end of life choices will report in the next few weeks and the parliamentary committee is likely to recommend assisted dying legislation. It will do so if it acts in accordance with acceptable community principles and standards of evidence and reasoning.
We are very pleased that the committee has visited overseas countries with legislation, and Canada which is about to pass its legislation. Now we hope they have the facts and won’t fall for the fear-mongering propaganda of religious opponents.
The facts are there is overwhelming evidence about the need for a legal assisted dying choice and that a regulated, monitored, safeguarded system of doctor-provided assisted dying is the safest, most principled and most responsible way to provide it.
Hopefully too they’ll report accurately that, as this article in today’s Age reports, the issue may polarise and divide the community but the division is 80% for and less than 15% against.