Last week, Matilda and Sophie gave evidence at the public hearing on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021.
Since its inception, QAI has maintained a firm opposition to all forms of voluntary assisted dying. However, contemporary considerations have moved our organisation away from this definitive stance. QAI is vigilant about the risks for people with disability inherent in schemes that legalise voluntary assisted dying. Voluntary assisted dying must never be a substitute for access to appropriate medical care, disability support services or palliative care, or indeed any other measure that would support the inclusion of a person with disability in society. Schemes that seek to legalise voluntary assisted dying must accordingly contain unassailable safeguards that identify and protect against coercion, and which ensure the full, free and informed consent of all people with disability seeking to access them.
Read our updated position and written submission to the inquiry, here: