Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Euthanasia is 'dangerous' and never acceptable for children - disability peak body speaks

In a communique released today, the board of People With Disability Australia (PWDA) reports that it has voted to adopt a resolution against euthanasia.

People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national peak disability rights and advocacy organisation. 

The resolution, adopted at its January 11 meeting passed with one dissenting voice and one abstention reads:

"noting Article 10 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD ) which mandates that ‘people with disability enjoy their inherent right to life on an equal basis with others’ the Board of PWDA: 
i) expresses concern about the introduction of state sanctioned euthanasia for people with disability until people with disability have been fully consulted and possess the same rights, supports and community access as other Australians;
ii) notes that state sanctioned euthanasia is dangerous while people with disability are denied access to communication supports, advocacy and other supports or are unaware that such supports are available; and
iii) believes that euthanasia of children with disability and other people unable to give consent is always unacceptable”
Read the full communique HERE

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