For Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst, the bill’s passing had personal significance.
“Last year, I spent many hours next to my father who was in hospital, and he asked about this piece of legislation,” she said.
“He made it very clear to us that he would have chosen a safe and dignified death if that choice had been available to him, but it wasn’t.”
I’m always saddened and amazed by euthanasia lobbyists willing to demean their own loved ones to advance so iniquitous a cause. Her father was not undignified while dying; no suffering human is undignified. The emotionally manipulative stories of death propagated by VAD campaigners are presented as heartfelt spokesmanship but they sound more like mawkish self-pity to me. Moderns resent not only death itself but accompanying those facing it. And it doesn’t matter how many wins this movement has, ‘voluntary assisted dying’ will always be homicide committed by third parties and will soon be anything but voluntary. Society has spent several years telegraphing to the infirm what their grim duty is to the time-poor, cash-strapped and emotionally feeble. Espousing dignity, lawmakers have canonised narcissistic brutality.