A member of the Legal Voluntary Euthanasia Group visited Port Augusta to discuss the group’s campaign in the lead up to the state election.
Amy Orange is running as a candidate for the Legislative Council in the state election this Saturday and is lobbying hard for voluntary euthanasia law reform.
With a passion for individual rights and the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia, Ms Orange said she is excited to represent the Legal Voluntary Euthanasia Group as well as the voice of Australian youth advocates on the issue.
She stands alongside well-known human rights barrister Stephen Kenny (previous lawyer to Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks) who is also running for the state Legislative Council.
The 28 year-old said the campaign has been a great opportunity to contact other candidates to generate support for the initiative.
“It’s a platform to raise awareness, and try and put that pressure on the people who are likely to be elected, to give some air time in parliament to voluntary euthanasia,” she said.
Voluntary euthanasia is often publicised as a controversial notion, however, it may surprise you to discover that approximately 80 per cent of people generally support the idea.
“Overwhelmingly, people are supportive of the concept of individual rights, and as long as there’s appropriate safeguards in place, people are happy to support a scheme,” she said.
“I know that if I was ever in a situation where I was suffering unbearably and there was no hope for improvement, I wouldn’t want my life to be prolonged or I wouldn’t want to be sitting in a state for years on end when there could be a simple solution,” she said.
“It’s kind of common sense...I don’t think anyone wants to experience that.”
Ms Orange said it is her aim to make members of parliament aware of young people’s commitment to the issue and to ensure their voice is heard among the powers that be.