Living Life in the Shadow of Euthanasia Implementation
After a two month break I feel compelled to begin to write again. I am burdened by the fact that we now live in a country where euthanasia is legal. It is legal in one state – Victoria – but as a result of the success of the campaign to legalise euthanasia there, similar regimes are being explored across our great nation.
As early as next week we will see the first person to die under this legislation be assisted by the state to take their own life, or to have their life taken by a doctor.
This signifies a fundamental shift in the way society views the most vulnerable, the lonely, the unwanted. I am concerned for those who are now going to feel increased pressure to evaluate their lives as lacking in worth, dignity and meaning. I am concerned for those who are pressured by inheritance-impatient family members, and I am concerned for those who must deal with an increasingly risk-averse and fiscally-motivated healthcare system, and by the fact that palliative care is not a privilege everyone has equal access to.
Despite disapproval from the World Medical Association who condemned the Victorian bill – it was passed.
Despite warnings from prominent lawyers such as Julian McMahon who labelled the legislation naïve – the regulations were written.
Despite opposition from hundreds of doctors and health professionals who will be conscience objectors – it will be implemented.
And our society will be changed, forever.
William Wilberforce once said this:
“If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large”
Who wants to join me in being an incurable fanatic, motivated by the sufferings of the vulnerable in our society?
Over the coming weeks I will explore this more. Don’t forget to leave comments, Facebook messages, and share ideas. Together we can make a difference for Life.