Greens MP Cate Faehrmann.
Greens MP Cate Faehrmann. Jerad Williams

MP Faehrmann discusses controversial euthanasia bill

EUTHANASIA and dying with dignity will be the key points of a presentation by Greens MP Cate Faehrmann on Tuesday night.

Ms Faehrmann is discussing her Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill at the Cavanbah Centre to give people on the Coffs Coast a chance to get their questions answered about the complex issue of voluntary euthanasia.

Special guest and end of life care expert, Prof Colleen Cartwright will also address the meeting and answer questions.

"In spite of the availability of the best palliative care, some terminally ill people endure intolerable pain, suffering and loss of dignity at the end of their lives," Ms Faehrmann said.

"That's why greater choice for patients at the end of life is so important."

"In some of these cases patients indicate to their loved ones and doctors that they would like to receive assistance to die. In NSW, such assistance is illegal."

"My bill would give terminally ill people, under certain circumstances, the right to die a dignified death at a time and place of their own choosing if that is their wish.

"Subject to strict legal safeguards, mentally competent, terminally ill adults should have the right to die with assistance.

"I encourage anyone who is interested in the issue of end of life care and choices to come along. It promises to be a most informative evening.

"I know this is a sensitive and sometimes controversial issue but it has overwhelming public support and I know people want to know more. That's why I'm touring the state to explain my bill," Ms Faehrmann said.

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