Euthana­sia in the spot­light

Pilbara News - - News - Cathy O’Leary

The right to die is about to be­come a State elec­tion is­sue, af­ter three politi­cians agreed to help de­velop a Bill with pro-euthana­sia doc­tor Al­ida Lancee.

For­mer lo­cal government min­is­ter Tony Simp­son, Up­per House La­bor can­di­date Alan­nah MacTier­nan and Greens MP Robin Chap­ple said yes­ter­day it was time to con­sider a new as­sisted dy­ing Bill. It could cover se­ri­ously ill peo­ple who are ex­pected to die within six months.

Al­though the Bill would not be in­tro­duced un­til af­ter the March elec­tion, Dr Lancee said she would call on all can­di­dates to state how they would vote. She told a packed meet­ing of the vol­un­tary euthana­sia group Dy­ing with Dig­nity last Thurs­day that can­di­dates could lose up to 25 per cent of votes if they op­posed end-of-life law re­form.

All par­ties had in­di­cated they would al­low a con­science vote.

The Perth GP, who has ad­mit­ted giv­ing a lethal in­jec­tion to a pa­tient with end-stage em­phy­sema, said she had not been charged, two months af­ter the ma­jor crime squad be­gan a homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mr Simp­son, who is a pa­tient of Dr Lancee, said the lead-up to the State elec­tion was the time to dis­cuss rightto-die choices.

Ms MacTier­nan said it was im­por­tant early on to limit law re­form to cover the dy­ing and not the chron­i­cally ill to give it the best chance of suc­cess.

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