following Fact Sheet has been prepared by the South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia
Society (SAVES). For further information visit their website at http://www.saves.asn.au
Voluntary Euthanasia Society
three quarters of Australians are in favour of doctors being able to give
a lethal dose if requested by a hopelessly ill patient experiencing unrelievable
statement is based on responses in Australia to the following Morgan Poll
a hopelessly ill patient, experiencing unrelievable suffering, with absolutely
no chance of recovering, asks for a lethal dose, so as not to wake again,
should a doctor be allowed to give a lethal dose or not ?"
said "yes" to a similar question in 1962. The percentage has steadily
increased over the years and has been above 70% throughout the 1990's.
said "yes" in 1993, in 1994 and again in 1995. 76% said "yes" in September
1996, only 24% saying "no" or "undecided" (Finding No. 2933).
percentages by religious persuasion saying "yes" in May 1996 (Finding
No. 2911) were:
substantial survey of those who attend church showed that there
were more supporters (42%) of voluntary euthanasia than opponents (30%),
with 28% undecided. (See "Views from the Pews", Openbook publishers, Adelaide,
conducted in Britain, Canada and the United States show support at a similar
public opinion polls have their weaknesses, there can be no doubt of widespread
support for allowing a hopelessly ill and suffering patient legal access
to a requested medically hastened death.
information contact SAVES at: http://www.saves.asn.au
contact: Hon Secretary, SAVES, PO Box 2151, Kent Town, SA 5071, Australia
- Fax + 61 8 8265 2287