Safe Death

New South Wales Parliament to the sick, the abandoned, the lonely and the old: Drop dead.

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.

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22 Responses to Safe Death

  1. Old School Conservative says:

    A close relative died recently after a horrible time that many would consider undignified in a physical sense.
    However the way the family rallied around to lift, carry, feed, medicate, and clean showed nothing but love, respect and deep care. Spending time at the bedside in the final weeks was a boon for all at that time. There was a great dignity in that process as well as a wonderful example of courage shown by the now-deceased.

    I am deeply saddened by our descent into a disposable society.

  2. Cassie of Sydney says:

    VAD…..legal murder……aided and abetted by the Liberals.

  3. Cassie of Sydney says:

    ““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.””

    They used the same bullshit spiel about abortion…..

    my aunt nearly died or died because she had to have a backyard abortion as abortion wasn’t legal,

    my mother nearly died or died because she had to have a backyard abortion as abortion wasn’t legal,

    my grandmother nearly died or died because she had to have a backyard abortion as abortion wasn’t legal,

    my friend’s mother nearly died or died because she had to have a backyard abortion as abortion wasn’t legal,

    my friend’s friend’s mother nearly died or died because she had to have a backyard abortion as abortion wasn’t legal,

    my friend’s friend’s aunty nearly died or died because she had to have a backyard abortion as abortion wasn’t legal……

    Yeah…yeah….I call bullshit, it’s all the same, it’s just about promoting murder and death.

    How Satan is laughing.

  4. Fred says:

    I’m fascinated to know what as safe death is, as opposed to an unsafe death.

  5. Chris M says:

    Oh there is no ‘slippery slope’ silly!

    Now – Canada is euthanizing the poor.

  6. Chris M says:

    Got censored… oh well, it’s free and better than running in front of a bus.

  7. Not Trampis says:

    Let us get it right.
    There is no such thing as dying with dignity.
    One of the worst things about suicide, as this is , is the fact no-one has any vote in the action no matter they will feel the pain of the death.

  8. rosie says:

    Most ‘backyard’ abortions were/are performed by doctors, in the west.
    As for natural death being undignified, I guess it often is, but still never as bad as volunteering to be murdered.

  9. C.L. says:

    There is no such thing as dying with dignity.

    You’re accepting the false notion that suffering is undignified.

    One of the worst things about suicide…

    VAD isn’t suicide. It’s homicide.

  10. Franx says:

    Dan Andrews at the time the issue was debated in Victoria referred, on radio, to his own father’s death as having informed him – in no particular way – of the need for euthanasia: the insinuation was there; poor Dan. Some weeks later on the same radio program, Dan Andrews spoke of his own background and of having had a caring father who had died a good death, loved by his family to the end. The loving son had lied about his own father’ death to promote euthanasia. Devilry afoot.

  11. C.L. says:

    Dan Andrews at the time the issue was debated in Victoria referred, on radio, to his own father’s death as having informed him – in no particular way – of the need for euthanasia: the insinuation was there; poor Dan.

    Same story with Andrew Denton.
    And every other euthanasia zealot ever.

    It’s always about their hurt.

  12. Buccaneer says:

    I find it hard to believe that government bureaucrats haven’t noticed that old people cost a lot of money in health and aged care systems run by and paid for from government coffers. If only those pesky health professionals wouldn’t do such a good job at keeping them alive for so long we could spend so much more money on (insert boondoggle du jour).

    I’d like to think we elect politicians to push back against this rubbish. The real answer is to cap spending on health and stop governments delivering the service in this area.

  13. boxcar says:

    I would say the Boosters did a great job of culling the herd in the Nursing homes – a little jab in a bony arm, followed by death from natural causes.
    Up until recently, we lived to 40yo, and some old people know their time is over.
    So surely a person at any age can state their end of life decision.
    It will evolve, perhaps starting with self administration, but if you have not lived through the extended torture of your parents, you need to spend time in th eNursing home institutions.
    The world doesn’t seem to have a problem rationalising murder by Abortion, where the child gets no say in it.

  14. Buccaneer says:

    If Voluntary Assisted Dying is VAD, would that make a health worker that administer it a VADer?

  15. Harpo says:

    I recall(actually I’ll never forget) back in my taxi driving days, picking up an old woman in a wheelchair from a nursing home. For the duration of the journey, when she wasn’t saying “I want to die”, she was barking like a dog or crowing like a rooster.
    The intersection of Alzheimers and modern medicine ensures that people who years ago would have died shortly after the onset of the disease can live a totally degraded existence for a decade or more.
    I am keenly aware that not all natural deaths are dignified and I’m resentful that there are moral preeners and busybodies who will actively prevent me from a dignified, unnatural death should I so choose.

  16. Buccaneer says:

    No one can prevent you from an unnatural death should you have the courage to do it yourself. Farming it out to a health professional who has taken an oath to do no harm seems to be the thing upsetting folks here…

  17. Chris M says:

    Up until recently, we lived to 40yo

    In the old days the AVERAGE age of death might have been 40’s but absent of serious contagious disease or accident / war these people would still be fine into their 70’s and 80’s like today. The difference was many died young from disease, malnutrition, war etc which pulled down the average number.

  18. C.L. says:

    Harpo, it doesn’t sound to me like that lady was in a position to consent to being euthanised.

  19. Tel says:

    The difference was many died young from disease, malnutrition, war etc which pulled down the average number.

    Infant mortality pulls the average down heaps. It also makes averages quite incomparable when some countries don’t count infant mortality at all within the first few days after birth, while others do.

    I remember being weirded out, when I was hanging around with Korean people and they had a 100th day celebration for a baby … which isn’t really a birthday … but they explained that the tradition came out of a time when a lot of kids didn’t make it that far, and families were nervous to invest a lot of social capital until they were confident the child would pull through.

  20. Tel says:

    There is no such thing as dying with dignity.

    Speaking for yourself presumably.

  21. Mantaray says:

    VAD when that means someone getting someone else to actively kill them is mostly for cowards, who shoulda ended it all by themselves when they had the chance, or else shoulda just asked for the kill-shots or kill-tabs to be delivered in a syringe or bubble pack and self-killed with them.

    So, someone you care about is dying, or just sick of life, and cannot access the Nembutal they want. You get it for them, or some medical person gets it for them (the local vet is sure to have loads of it at hand), and they take it and that is all to it.

    There is no problem whatsoever with VAD since the V is all that matters. What all the hand-wringing etc here on CL’s blog is about, has me beat.

  22. Old Lefty says:

    By the time Gay Barr gets to it in the uber woke ACT, it will probably be compulsory for politically conservative Christian heterosexuals.

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