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Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2023

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2023 touches on the very essence of human existence. This discussion is fraught with emotion, ethical dilemmas, and profound questions about the value of life and the right to choose its end. Whilst I do not wish to diminish the very real and deeply personal desires of those who seek to end their suffering, I cannot support this bill.

            We can see from other jurisdictions that the slippery slope is not a fallacy. Almost 45,000 people have died in Canada over just six years, and now they are looking at assisted dying for people with poor mental health. In moments of despair, the desire for an escape may seem like the only respite, but it is precisely in these moments of darkness that we must offer support, compassion, and resources to those in need.

            Those who experience disability are especially vulnerable. But as a people, we must reject the notion that death is a solution to the challenges of disability, and instead we must reaffirm our commitment to inclusivity, accessibility, and support for individuals with disabilities. Today, I voted in opposition to this bill.

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