MP breaks down in Parliament as she reveals how her terminally ill husband begged her to take him to Switzerland and let him die in a heartbreaking euthanasia speech
- The opposition leader of Western Australia, Liza Harvey, has been crying in parliament
- She debated assisted dying legislation when she gave up on MPs
- Harvey described how her husband wanted to die while fighting endless cancer
The opposition leader of Western Australia has cried in parliament while sharing the experience of her deceased husband in the fight against pancreatic cancer while the debate about voluntary death assistance continues.
According to the proposal, terminally ill adults who live and suffer from WA and are likely to have less than six months to live – or a year if they have a neurodegenerative disorder – can use a drug to end their life or ask a doctor to do it .
Liza Harvey shook and wiped away the tears and said on Thursday that she remained undecided about the legislation.
Western Australia's opposition leader, Liza Harvey, has been crying in parliament and sharing the experiences of her deceased husband in the fight against pancreatic cancer, while the debate about voluntary death assistance continues
She said she was worried, such as how it would work in remote and regional areas, and the fact that there was no compulsion for people to have a good mental health assessment done by a doctor.
& # 39; My concern about this comes from looking through the prism of my own experiences, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; As most people know, I have experienced the difficult, sad and traumatic experience of looking after my deceased husband Hal while he was fighting pancreatic cancer. & # 39;
Mrs. Harvey said her husband was diagnosed in June 2011 and operated on two months later.
& # 39; We were told to put our affairs in order. They would try to get us past Christmas, & she said.
Mrs. Harvey said her husband became depressed and wanted to go to Switzerland to gain access to voluntary euthanasia.
& # 39; I made it very clear to him that I would not go on vacation to consciously bring him home in a coffin, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; But I would find him a good clinical psychologist.
& # 39; I also said that I wanted to look into our children's eyes and tell them that he had fought hard to stay with them. & # 39;
Mrs. Harvey said her husband was being treated and that the family had retired early and used the next three years to take family vacations and create memories.
By the end of his life, he received heavy medication, had a psychosis and weighed just 52 kg.
& # 39; I would accompany friends outside his room who would say, sometimes loud enough for Hal to hear, & # 39; how can you let this continue? I wouldn't let my dog die like that & # 39 ;, & # 39; said Mrs. Harvey.
& # 39; I can't tell you how heartbreaking and disturbing it is. & # 39;
Mrs. Harvey said that if the legislation were passed, WA would only be the 13th jurisdiction in the world to introduce voluntarily assisted dying.
& # 39; I'm not sure if that makes us as a society more sophisticated or merciful, & she said.
Attorney General John Quigley, who described himself as a stumbling Catholic, said he & # 39; firmly yes & # 39; would vote.
National MP Terry Redman also supported the legislation and congratulated his colleagues in the lower house with an orderly debate so far.
& # 39; It was fantastic the approach everyone has followed with their discussion so far … I'm not sure if it will necessarily be the same in the other place (upper house), & # 39; he said.
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