Thursday, December 7, 2023

Suicide Will increase in Queensland If Labor Introduces and Passes this Bill

Dr. Tim & Anne Coyle

By Mark Bowling

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Dr Coyle is equally critical of the Queensland Labor government’s push to legalize euthanasia under the state’s proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying bill.

“It is deceitful to call it VAD as if it is voluntary,” he said. 

“Why not call it what it is – euthanasia. It will be killing people with a lethal cocktail.”

Dr Coyle said evidence showed that suicide had increased in jurisdictions where euthanasia has been legalized. 

 “Suicides are up 14 per cent in Victoria – 175 euthanasia cases there in 2020– well above (Victorian Premier) Daniel Andrew’s predictions after legalization of euthanasia,” he said.

“And if you add in the euthanasia suicides as well, there was a staggering 43 per cent increase.”

In the Netherlands where euthanasia was legalized in 2002, Dr Coyle said the suicide rate had risen by nearly 20 per cent between 2002 and 2015.

“Why should Queensland be different?” he said.

“Suicide will increase by 14 to 20 per cent in Queensland if Queensland Labor introduces and passes this bill.”