Is it ever alright to help someone die?
That was the question asked tonight on the ABC’s flagship Q and A program and it inspired a thought-provoking, factual and emotional ethical debate about euthanasia in our country.
Legendary Australian television journalist Andrew Denton has recently emerged as a passionate campaigner for voluntary assisted dying and appeared on the Q and A panel with Dr Karen Hitchcock, palliative care specialist Ralph McConaghy, retired homeopath Ana Lamaro, and Dr Rodney Syme – to debate the contentious subject.
At times the show was incredibly emotional, particularly when Dr Karen Hitchcock continued to describe euthanasia as giving the state sanctioned power “for organising killing.”
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Denton repeatedly interjected and asked Dr Hitchcock to stop using the word ‘killing’ for euthanasia, giving his view that it was the right of individuals to have a ‘choice about how we die’ and that it was ‘entirely voluntary’.