Opinion: Voluntary Euthanasia


This opinion piece was first published on Everything Albany.


Voluntary euthanasia has been in the news in Albany twice in the last month. Late in May the story was about a court appearance relating to possessing the euthanasia drug Nembutal. This weekend the story related to an elderly couple found dead in their home.

With a reputation as a retirement centre - approximately 24 per cent of the City's population is over 60 compared to regional WA's 17 per cent - the right to die is a topic which will be considered by a large number of Albany residents as they continue to age.

Voluntary euthanasia is not a decision to be taken lightly. However, as the pleasure of retirement turns into a daily challenge for existence that erodes a person's quality of life and drains their family and carers, the right to end one's life at a chosen time can add dignity to an inevitable occurrence.

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Exit International is a leading end-of-life choices (voluntary euthanasia/ assisted suicide) information & advocacy organisation: ph: 1300 10 3948