Prime 7 28 June 2017
Family First Comment: So much for ‘safeguards’. Euthanasia just makes vulnerable people more vulnerable, unfortunately.
“They were not terminally ill people but on the other hand, they were not in the best of health either.”
Euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke says a Gold Coast mother and her two daughters had been members of his euthanasia group and started planning their deaths more than six months ago.
Margaret, Heather and Wynette Cummins’ bodies were found in one of their homes following an apparent triple suicide pact on Tuesday.
Dr Nitschke told AAP on Wednesday he did not personally know the women but confirmed they had joined his Exit International group.
“It was a bit over six months ago,” he said from Amsterdam.
“They were not terminally ill people but on the other hand, they were not in the best of health either.
“They were obviously working out what they wanted to do.”
Dr Nitschke said three members had never ended their lives at the same time before, and it was also unusual all of them chose to use the same method.
But the man known as Dr Death said it appeared to be a “rational and informed choice” and their decision to end their lives because of their health problems was a matter only for them.
“It needs to be respected, it doesn’t mean you need to be enthusiastic about it,” he said.
The euthanasia advocate said Australia’s laws were stuck in the dark ages.
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