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To: TDs & Senators from the People of Ireland
Support The Right to Die with Dignity
Make it legal for a medical practitioner to assist a person with a terminal or incurable and progressive illness which cannot be reversed by treatment should have the Right to Die with Dignity, to end their life in a peaceful and dignified manner. A Special Oireachtas Committee has been promised on assisted dying and needs to be urgently convened.
Why is this important?
Too many people who are dying endure an unnecessarily, prolonged death, which is inhumane and cruel. International evidence, expertise and experience is available for our legislators to draw on which shows an assisted death is a kinder death for those who want this valid end of life option. Government must hear the lived experiences whilst people are still alive to give their personal testimonies. Assisted dying legislation should:
* Have robust safeguards which provides choice and protect everyone
* Remove the crime of 'assisting' someone
* Eliminate the need to travel for an assisted death or to consider suicide
* Allow those eligible to choose when, where and how they wish to safely die
Any change in legislation in other countries has been as a result of research and judicial appeals by individuals and groups who were excluded and demanded equal access.
More Palliative Care is needed but it does not alleviate all pain, despite what those who oppose assisted dying may claim. More funding for palliative care is a related but a separate issue as is the need for services to support those living with serious and terminal illness.
It is currently a crime to 'assist' someone to die. Legislation will remove the need to illegally 'assist' when a medically assisted death can be provided.
The lasting impact of seeing a loved one suffer intolerable pain and die 'badly' when a 'kinder' assisted death is possible cannot be underestimated.
To know that a loved one died the way they wanted to helps the healing process too. We know that "To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die", but the memories of seeing those we love suffering and die badly are those which can haunt us.
Legislation for Assisted Dying with a robust framework of safeguards will give immeasurable peace of mind to a person facing their mortality. Research shows the quality of life remaining to a dying person improves regardless of whether they go on to exercise that choice. Many do not, just knowing it is there is often enough.
Maybe one day you will want this option (it is not just 'older' people who this legislation will help). Perhaps you've already seen how an assisted death would have been a kinder way to go for someone you've loved.
Despite or perhaps in spite of a devastating prognosis, this legislation will allow a person greater dignity, to choose how and when they want to die, to decide for themselves when they have suffered enough.
We're asking them to remember that even if an assisted death would not be their personal choice, or in accordance with their beliefs, not to deny another human being the right to choose.
End of Life Ireland is a volunteer led advocacy group. To learn more about this campaign and Assisted Dying, please visit our website www.endoflifeireland.ie and see our social media posts.