In recent days the media in New South Wales has been awash with a renewed discussion on euthanasia & assisted suicide prompted, it seems, by the news that Greens Upper House MP, Cate Faerhmann will introduce a private member’s bill sometime soon.
In NSW private members can list an intention to table a bill which would then await an opportunity to be raised to the notice paper for debate.
Two of the pro-euthanasia commentators seem to be bent on bludgeoning opposition.
One commentator used a number of pejoratives: ‘hysterical opposition’, ‘vigilante religious fundamentalist nurses’, ‘bullying religious fundamentalists’ – you get the picture.
Another (called the NSW Premier and the Australian Prime Minister, ‘supremely arrogant’ for expressing their opposition to euthanasia & assisted suicide. He also called Prime Minister Gillard, ‘wilfully ignorant’ in respect to what he sees as happening in jurisdictions where euthanasia is legal.
The Sydney Morning Herald report quoted both the Premier and the Prime Minister:
Mr O'Farrell has described himself as ''strongly opposed'' to euthanasia, while last year Ms Gillard said she was concerned it would ''open the door to exploitation and perhaps callousness towards people in the end stage of life''. Ms Gillard added there were no appropriate safeguards to protect vulnerable people from using euthanasia as an ''out''.