The greed and self-interest of the AMA and some, I stress not all, doctors is bloody disgusting. The Victorian, past AMA President who recently spoke against a person’s right to end their own lives when they feel the time is right, should be ashamed of himself for his contribution to the recent debate in the Victorian parliament. Victoria has the most stringent laws of this type anywhere on the planet, and the right to end a life laws were later passed in the lower house of the Victorian chamber of parliament.
Death as life, comes in all forms, some very fortunate people pass away in their sleep, while for others Life becomes a living hell. Those people are inflicted with Shingles and other painful conditions, and are in tremendous pain that not even morphine can remedy. Those poor patients are kept alive by insensitive doctors who will not grant their patients wish to end their life of pain and misery. Some have gained weight in their final years and find difficulty and horrible pain when attempting to walk with the aid of a wheelie walker, cannot sleep and have difficulty breathing, due to fluid build-up in the body, sometimes as far up as the lungs. Some also suffer with a lack of blood circulation which produces itches that cannot be satisfied and no remedy exists.
So before anyone condemns the Victorian legislation of the most progressive government in Australia, please consider that perhaps only 1% of the general public will ever want to use this legislation, and for those poor souls they deserve, in my humble opinion the “right to die with dignity” not strapped up to a machine, or having tubes and drip lines inserted into them to keep them alive. My grandfather died a terrible death in the 1980s, kept alive by doctors who would not let him go, and if he had this legislation in Queensland, he would surely have used it.
My granddad understood that there was nothing on the other side except death itself, he wasn’t frightened of a make-believe heaven or hell, as he realized that those places were a figment of the imagination of others, looking to make a quick dollar out of a control mechanism on society that sells hope and fear. If the upper house of the Victorian parliament passes this legislation into law, all progressive Australian governments should also adopt it and make it a uniform law across this nation. We do it out of compassion for our animals, when the time is right and there is no good reason why we should not do it for ourselves.