The St James Ethics Centre is running a poll on voluntary euthanasia.
The question is simple. Should euthanasia be legalised?
It would have been nice if they’d added the all important word ‘voluntary’ – but we know what they mean.
I’m told by an observant reader (thanks Julia!) that the Australian Christian Lobby is pimping this poll on their website. This may explain the overwhelmingly negative response so far. Yet, we know that well over 80 per cent of Australians support law reform to allow voluntary euthanasia. With your help we can get this poll to reflect the reality of public opinion.
Would you please share this link among your own networks?
And here’s the ‘blurb’ from their website. Apparently, voluntary euthanasia will be the subject of the next IQ2 debate to be held in Melbourne on 7 November.
“Death is the most personal of matters, but it’s also a political hot potato. Most of us don’t choose (or even expect) the way in which we die, but for the terminally ill, death is a looming certainty to be dealt with. And as humans live longer – largely thanks to the interventions of modern medicine – we’re more likely to die of serious illness, and to have our deaths medically postponed. There has long been a call for governments to grant us the right to choose our own death, by legalising euthanasia. But what are the circumstances in which this right should be granted? Who gets to decide – and when? And then there’s the sobering knowledge that this is one life decision that can’t be reversed. From medicos to philosophers, politicians to law enforcers, the terminally ill to their loved ones, this one issue we all have an opinion on – and a possible stake in. ‘Euthanasia should be legalised’ is the subject of the next IQ2 debate in Melbourne on 7 November.”