Advocate Tells Bioethics Conference Legalized Assisted Suicide Would
July 7, 2006
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA--The lives of Australians with disabilities would be at greater risk if voluntary euthanasia, or physician-assisted suicide, were legalized. That's because of "a social consensus that their very lives are burdensome, undignified, and inconsistent with a 'good quality of life'", a disability rights advocate told the audience at a bioethics conference this week.
"Many of the arguments in favor of voluntary euthanasia are informed by negative assumptions about the lives of people with disability," Kevin Cocks, director of Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, told the national Australasian Bioethics Conference.
According to a brief story by the Australian Associated Press, Cocks said there is much more public support for helping people with disabilities to die than there is for giving them what they need to live.
"While this is the case, people with disability remain possible targets for non-voluntary euthanasia," Cocks said.
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated