Later this year, Victorian MPs have a life and death decision to make.
They will decide, via a conscience vote, whether their terminally ill constituents deserve the right to chose a medically assisted death.
The legislation hasn’t been finalised yet because the vote isn’t expected until August, but the vocal elements of the ‘no’ camp are shouting at wavering lawmakers, doing their darnedest to drown out surveys that indicate 75 per cent of Australian voters are in favour of such a law.
Joining their chorus next week – by invitation – will be an American professor by the name of William Toffler.
A medical doctor and founder of an anti-assisted dying group called Physicians for Compassionate Care Foundation, Prof. Toffler is one of the United States’ most outspoken voices on the topic.
He’s also a medical professional who argues that abortion is linked to breast cancer and that contraception is “against God’s plan” for married couples.
On Thursday this week, this man will have a private audience with Victorian MPs .
Yes, you read that correctly.
Prof. Toffler will be in the country on a speaking tour sponsored by Right to Life Australia, a group that advocates against abortion, IVF, euthanasia, infanticide and embryo stem cell research. But the doctor’s address to parliament is courtesy of Upper House Liberal MP Inga Peulich.
In an email obtained by Mamamia, the member for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region invites fellow MPs to Parliament to hear a cost-free “chilling presentation” by the Oregon-based MD, who has “seen the dire effects of assisted suicide laws on patients and his profession”.
While physician-assisted dying advocate and MLC for the Northern Metropolitan region, Fiona Patten, is planning to attend, she is wary of Toffler’s perspective and thinks her colleagues ought to be too.
“I’m a free speech advocate so I’m happy for him to come along. However, I’m not happy if he’s just here to provide misinformation, which he is renowned for doing,” she told Mamamia.