of the Terminally Ill Bill by launching an online campaign video and
photo book to build public support and lobby MPs for reform.
The video features Loredana Alessio-Mulhall, who is in the advanced stages of multiple sclerosis and wants law reform so that she can die with dignity at a time of her choosing. Cate has written to all NSW MPs about Loredana, urging them to make contact with her to hear her
The campaign video, which has been launched online and will be
distributed via social media can be watched here
"I am helping Loredana tell her story because she represents a growing
movement of people who are experiencing first-hand how cruel our laws
can be," said Ms Faehrmann.
"Loredana is given every assistance to live an increasingly
undignified life, yet society is turning its back on her when all she
is asking for is the right to die with dignity.
"While suicide is not a crime, Loredana could not take her own life
now because the multiple sclerosis that has ravaged her body over the
last few decades means she has totally lost the use of her limbs.
"If a loved one assisted Loredana to die out of compassion they would
be trialled for manslaughter or murder. There could not be a more
stark example of how unjust and senseless the law is in this area.
"The majority of terminally ill people who choose assistance to die in
jurisdictions where it is legal are atheist. Those people whose
religion does not allow them to support voluntary euthanasia do not
have to go down this path should they suffer from a terminal illness
in the future. But they should allow other people the choice.
"It's time those people with strong religious views who are blocking
the passage of voluntary euthanasia laws recognise their views are
making some very vulnerable people's lives even more wretched. It's
time they recognised they are in the minority and got out of the way.
"As Loredana says in the video, she is not afraid of dying, she is
afraid of the way she will die. Loredana is appealing to all
parliamentarians to support law reform that will allow terminally ill
people like herself to die with dignity at a time of their choosing if
that is their wish," said Ms Faehrmann.
Watch the video here http://youtu.be/IYw1wmmtWNg, or view the
photobook of other personal stories and a summary of the bill's
provisions here http://tinyurl.com/d99mjr4
The Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill has undergone an extensive
consultation process. Final amendments are with Parliamentary Counsel.
The bill is expected to be debated in May 2013.