Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - Lisa Thomas - reporter

CHOOS­ING to live and die with dig­nity and with­out suf­fer­ing is a ba­sic hu­man right, so why in 2016 do those with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness not have the op­tion to choose to end it? We eu­thanise our an­i­mals to re­duce suf­fer­ing, but we watch our fam­ily and friends live out their fi­nal days in pain un­able to do any­thing how does this make sense? Vol­un­tary eu­thana­sia is an is­sue I feel strongly about, yes it comes with many ques­tions about who and when it should be granted. How­ever, a per­son with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness or at the end of their life should be able to choose to die in a set­ting they see fit. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of State and Fed­eral politi­cians to have this con­ver­sa­tion and as­sess the qual­ity of life some­one with only weeks to live has. If they were put in the same po­si­tion, would they want to see their friends and fam­ily suf­fer?

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