Hammond and Mackillop electorates vote in support of voluntary assisted dying laws

After the seventeenth attempt, legislative is now in motion for those suffering.

On late Wednesday, May 5, 2021 evening, SA's Upper House voted in support of the voluntary assisted dying bill.

Vicki Hocking battled with ovarian cancer in 2005.

Vicki Hocking battled with ovarian cancer in 2005.

Lower house will have the final vote on the bill.

Voters in the electorates of Hammond and MacKillop are also overwhelmingly supportive of voluntary assisted dying laws, according to data released by Voluntary Assisted Dying South Australia.

Across the electorate of Hammond, 79 per cent of respondents to the 2019 ABC Vote Compass survey believe terminally ill patients should be able to end their own lives with medical assistance.

The figure is 80 per cent in MacKillop.

Voluntary Assisted Dying South Australia spokesperson Lainie Anderson said the overwhelming community support is heartening, and urged people to contact their local Member of Parliament to reinforce their views.

"Our state MPs are now debating the 17th Bill on this issue to come before parliament in 26 years - we want this Bill to succeed so the people of South Australia finally get access to choice and compassion at end of life," Ms Anderson says.

"The current Bill, with 68 safeguards, is mirrored on the Victorian law which has now been in place for more than 18 months, providing reassurance, dignity and control for those with a terminal illness."

The law has also now passed in Western Australia and Tasmania, meaning more than 10 million Australians will soon have access to voluntary assisted dying.

The news was welcomed by Whyalla resident Josie Hocking, who lost her daughter Vicki after a painful battle with ovarian cancer in 2005.

"I think it is a good first start, but a lot of people in the Lower House are probably against it," she said.

"[Passing the Bill] will give people who are suffering a choice.

"If you had experienced my daughter's death as I did and she did, it was the most horrific way of dying you could imagine and if she had the choice, I wouldn't be traumatised 16 years later."

Josie Hocking, lost her daughter Vicki after a painful battle with ovarian cancer in 2005.

Josie Hocking, lost her daughter Vicki after a painful battle with ovarian cancer in 2005.

Voluntary assisted dying advocate and A Peaceful End convenor Angie Miller said it would be wonderful for terminally ill South Australians to have the same choice at end of life as Australians in an increasing number of states.

The 2019 Vote Compass results released by Voluntary Assisted Dying SA show majority support for proposed laws.

The 2019 Vote Compass results released by Voluntary Assisted Dying SA show majority support for proposed laws.

"In the absence of legislation, some people with a terminal illness feel they have no option but to take their own lives, and that is absolutely heartbreaking," Ms Miller says.

"SA Police have for the first time backed voluntary assisted dying legislation under strict circumstances and that's a significant step forward.

"We know that palliative care is very important too, but for five to 10 per cent of cases sadly it can't stop the intolerable pain - where assisted dying legislation has been enacted in other jurisdictions, the palliative care sector has also been strengthened because it generates discussions about end of life care as a whole."

With the current Bill to be debated in coming weeks, South Australians who support voluntary assisted dying are urged to email or phone their local Member of Parliament today, and visit www.vadsa.org.au for further information.

Subscribe to the FREE Murray Valley Standard newsletter which will be delivered to your inbox every Monday, at 12.30pm.

Comments

Discuss "Voters in Hammond and MacKillop electorates supportive of voluntary assisted dying laws"

Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Online Discussion Terms & Conditions.