Monday 6 August 2001
edited from THE AGE (Melbourne)
Dr. Philip Nitschke
Conference Gives Overwhelming Support to Development of Suicide Pill
Voluntary Euthanasia Research Foundation conference in Broken Hill, Australia,
yesterday gave overwhelming support to the development in Australia of a suicide
pill able to provide the terminally ill with the means to their own dignified
concerns were raised about the potential for such a pill to be misused by
the mentally ill or even used for murder, 98per cent of conference delegates
were in favor of the foundation devising a recipe for the pill using ingredients
most people could access.
support was also given to the establishment of a caring friends network, based
on the volunteer teams from the United States Hemlock Society that legally
advise and assist those seeking rational suicide on the basis of terminal
The conference will also send a message of support to jailed American euthanasia
crusader, Dr Jack Kevorkian, and called for his immediate release.
August, 2001) Plans to develop suicide
pill could face opposition by other right-to-die groups given
new efforts to reinstate Northern Territory euthanasia legislation.