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
Case for Voluntary Euthanasia
moral case for legalising voluntary euthanasia is based on three major
for personal autonomy, our right to make decisions that are primarily
our own concern;
for those who are suffering with no prospect of relief:
for the dignity of the person and his or her quality of life.
same principles are also embodied in modern health care, particularly
in hospice and other forms of palliative treatment, except that at present
personal autonomy falls short of permitting the choice of death by direct
means no matter how desperate the condition of the patient.
objections are raised to legalising voluntary euthanasia but this has
not stemmed the growing tide of public, medical and nursing opinion that
the law should be changed.
Sheet 2 - Public Opinion
See Fact Sheet 3 - Medical Opinion
See Fact Sheet 14 - Nursing Opinion
for voluntary euthanasia, answers to objections to legalisation, and commentary
on other aspects of the debate are given in the SAVES 48 page handbook,
"The Right to Choose" available from the Hon. Secretary at the address
below on receipt of order enclosing cheque or money order to the value
$5.00 (bank draft or international postage coupons for overseas orders).
to five common objections are given in Fact Sheet 10
and to another two in:
Sheet 11 - The Fear of Abuse Objection
See Fact Sheet 12 - The Slippery Slope Objection
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