Assisted suicide legislation is not in the best interest of society
Essentially “assisted dying” is state-facilitated suicide and contradicts suicide prevention. No safeguards can protect elderly, disabled and mentally ill people from pressure.
These are some of the many reasons why our organisation oppose the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Legislation affects all of society, even those who don’t want “end-of-life choice” for themselves. The law changes behaviour as well as the culture.
The question is not, “Should certain individuals have access to an assisted death?”
The question is, “Should criminal law change for the whole country?”
Nowhere in the world has legal assisted suicide and euthanasia been successfully contained and regulated. It’s impossible to put enforceable safeguards in place that would prevent coercion, pressure and abuse. The medically or emotionally vulnerable members of our society are particularly at risk. It’s impossible to ascertain whether consent is genuine and truly free.
The illness and death of a loved one, and the grief process involved, can be an emotionally harrowing experience. Society needs to do everything possible to relieve such suffering. However, assisted suicide – making it legal for people to deliberately help others kill themselves – is not the solution.
Legal assisted suicide is simply too dangerous for society.