More than 100 heartbreaking though touching submissions on proposed voluntary assisted dying laws were tabled in the Legislative Council on Tuesday.
Mosy of these submissions to a bill by Mersey independent MLC Mike Gaffney expressed support for the laws by people who had lost someone to a long and debilitating illness or from the elderly who wanted choice at the end of their lives.
There were also submissions from people who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and a number of submissions from health professionals.
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One from a retired paramedic detailed how sick and elderly people chose to commit suicide as no other option for a reasonable death was available to them.
Submissions made against the bill raised concerns that terminally ill people might feel pressured to go through the voluntary assisted dying process, fearing they were a burden on their family.
Mr Gaffney said the 109 submissions, which were published on his parliamentary website, would deeply impact those who read them.
“What inspired me with each and every person I was in contact with was their complete willingness to provide evidence and proof why Tasmanians deserve a right to choose,” he said.
“For many of the writers, it is perhaps too late for them, but they do not want Tasmanians to experience what they or their loved ones have been through.
“The bill I will be tabling on Thursday is thoroughly considered, just and robust.”
A petition in support of the bill tabled in the House of Assembly last week was signed by 13,082 Tasmanians.
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