Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Victoria's Euthanasia Bill Not What it Was Promised to Be

Fabian Stahle, of Sweden, has issued a thoughtful and detailed report regarding Oregon's six months of live criteria, which is determined in practice to include people with years to live, and not necessarily on a voluntary basis.

The material below is on page 4 of his report, regarding Victoria, which recently enacted a similar standard. I urge readers to also consider his entire report at this link.

Margaret Dore, Esq, MBA, President
Choice is an Illusion

It seems to be the same with the assisted death law recently passed in the state of Victoria, Australia, which used the Oregon model. Debates that preceded the decision were said to be extensive and emotionally charged. Hesitant parliamentarians were convinced by a tightening of the safeguards, resulting in what has been described as the strictest law for physician-assisted suicide in the world. To qualify under this supposedly strict law:
"the person must be diagnosed with a disease that is incurable, progressive, and expected to lead to death within six months and which causes a suffering to the person who cannot be relieved in a manner that the person considers to be acceptable,"
The language gives a convincing impression of a patient incurably sick beyond all hope, but since the key term "incurable" is not defined anywhere, this "strict" law is wide open to the same novel interpretation as the Oregon law. . . .

Monday, December 4, 2017

Is Self-Administration Enforceable?

By Margaret Dore, Esq.

Victoria's deceptively named Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill uses the term, "self-administer," at least 30 times.[1] Indeed, self-administration of the lethal dose was a major selling point of the bill, to convince the public and Parliament that patients would be in control.

But, the term is not defined.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Wrap Up Australia

Rachel Carling-Jenkins, Victoria MP
Two weeks ago, the Upper House of New South Wales defeated a bill seeking to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia.[1] Last week, Victoria's Upper House went the opposite direction, voting to approve a similar bill 22 to 18.[2]

The vote in Victoria was disappointing, but featured a marathon debate in which MPs, such as Rachel Carling-Jenkins, focused on what the bill actually said and did, which is not what proponents claim.

The Victoria bill is expected to return to the Lower House to address amendments.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Victoria Bill: "Offence to Induce Self-administration of a Voluntary Assisted Dying Substance" Is an Oxymoron and Unenforceable

By Margaret Dore, Esq.,

The bill, Clause 86, contains the "offence to induce self-administration of a voluntary assisted dying substance." The Clause states:
A person must not, by dishonesty or undue influence, induce another person to self-administer a voluntary assisted dying substance in accordance with a self-administration permit. 
This clause is too vague and uncertain to be enforced for the following reasons. The terms, "dishonesty" and "undue influence" are not defined in the bill. The clause, itself, is an oxymoron, i.e., a combination of contradictory and incongruous words  ("dishonesty" or "undue influence" to induce another person to administer a "voluntary" substance "in accordance" with a "self-administration" permit). The offence is unenforceable.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Assisting Persons Can Have an Agenda

Michelle Carter assisted boyfriend's suicide,
"wanted sympathy, attention"
By Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA

Persons assisting a suicide can have an agenda. Consider Tammy Sawyer, trustee for Thomas Middleton in Oregon. Two days after his death by assisted suicide, she sold his home and deposited the proceeds into bank accounts for her own benefit.[1]

In other US states, reported motives for assisting suicide include: the “thrill” of getting other people to kill themselves; a desire for sympathy and attention; and “want[ing] to see someone die.”[2]