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.

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