I the undersigned strongly oppose this Assisted Suicide Bill, call for it to be stopped and seek real investment into Palliative Care.
People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny tabled a Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia Bill in the Dáil. It was railroaded through the first 2 stages of the legislative process. It received just 70 minutes of debate with only one TD being allowed a total of 4 minutes to oppose it.
It passed because 14 Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael TDs voted for it. Many of these same TDs voted 5 minutes later against improvements to disability services. Under this government terminally ill people struggle to get medical cards as TDs rush through euthanasia/ assisted suicide legislation.
The legislation being proposed has no time limits, little safeguards and is worrying vague so that Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia will be anything but ‘safe, legal and rare.’
In other countries the numbers started off low but now thousands of people end their lives each year through assisted suicide. One in 20 deaths in Belgium are through Assisted Suicide.
The introduction of Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia into Ireland will fundamentally alter Ireland’s culture and law. It goes against the strong advice of Consultants in Palliative Care and many representative groups for people with Disabilities. There is no group with greater compassion, experience and knowledge that those who are working in Palliative and their association wants us to stop this Bill.
- Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia in society puts undue pressure on elderly citizens and persons with disabilities, making them feel like a burden, and pressurising the vulnerable to stop “burdening” their loved ones;
- Assisted Suicide introduced into and normalised in society, has an adverse effect on the suicide rates within that country and contradicts suicide prevention messaging;
- Our medical professionals have always been directed towards the saving of life. The ratification of Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia, binds them to the ending of life – altering the very nature and ethos of our healthcare system.