There's no pain relief for suffering.

75% of Victorians want a Voluntary Assisted Dying Law.

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It’s time for a Voluntary Assisted Dying Law in 2017

Jen's Petition



To members of the Victorian Parliament,

My name is Jen Barnes and I am a nurse of 40 years.  I’ve seen a lot of deaths and some of them have been far from ideal.  Now I have a terminal illness. It’s an aggressive form of brain cancer and I know that it can lead to a very undignified death.

I may be lucky and I may just drift into a slumber. But I may suffer with seizures. I could certainly potentially be confused or have my words so jumbled that I make no sense.

I don't want to die. No-one wants to die. Because we all want to see the next grandchild, the next birthday, the trees bloom or whatever – we all want that. 

But I know that at some point in time they’re not going to be able to help me and they’ll say, ‘No, we can’t operate, we can’t give you treatments anymore, and this is the beginning of the end’.

Palliative care is very good but I know that it doesn’t work for everybody. If it comes to it, I will want another option.  

It’s very important to me to have control of my destiny. Anybody that knows me knows that I wouldn’t want it any other way.  And it’s not just for myself, it’s for my family, too.  It’s no benefit for my husband and my children for it to be a long and drawn out procedure just because I still have breath.  

My family is behind my choice. So are my friends in nursing, as well as most people I know in our local community.

Please support the Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation when it comes to the parliament in the coming months.  I say politicians are there to represent the community, not just themselves.  70-75% of us want this law.  And that’s what I want you as our representatives to focus on.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely


Jen Barnes

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  • signed 2017-12-10 16:10:51 +1100
    I don´t know if this counts, because I live far far away. But I want everybody know that I´m supporting this. My grandmother died because of a colon cancer, and I know that she wanted to stop the pain before. Here in Chile we are way too far away of even think of that kind of law. My mom has the same type of cancer, and my dad has alzheimer’s disease. I’m diabetic. I don´t want any of us to suffer what my grandmother had to suffer at the end. My uncle died from cancer too, and I saw him die, he suffered a lot, so many days in the hospital, just waiting, there was nothing else to do but wait. I really hope everyone one of you could died painless, whenever you know it’s time to go.

    Greetings and a lot of love from Chile, and I’m sorry if my english is not the best, we only speak spanish here.
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  • signed 2017-11-09 18:04:04 +1100
    This morning I had to have my cat euthanised because she was suffering a condition that could not be cured. She could have got some pills which would have helped a little… but not enough. We can do this for our animals but are not allowed to do it for our selves.
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  • signed 2017-09-14 19:53:59 +1000
    It should be everyone’s right to choose.
  • signed 2017-08-28 08:54:05 +1000
    I totally support the Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation. I object to those with their personal beliefs – religious or not – (which lead to them to not supporting this legislation) forcing those beliefs on others. Fine, if those people find themselves in extreme distress, dreadful pain and facing imminent death one day, they can (happily) carry on. But don’t force that others. That’s your personal choice – keep it to yourself.
  • signed 2017-08-16 10:56:46 +1000
    Victorian politicians please represent the majority of Victorians and vote to pass the law to allow voluntary assisted dying.

    It is my belief that to pass this humane law will allow for an end of suffering for individuals who are at present being made to ensure a most cruel and slow death.

    Palliative care is wonderful for those it works for, however in my years of nursing I have witnessed those that do not get relief and their deaths are any thing but humane.

    Surely the choice for voluntary assisted dying should be passed and can be part of a complete option for palliative care.

    Please act for a humane and dignified option to end of life.
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  • signed 2017-08-03 16:22:12 +1000
    I support the passing of the legislation and support Jenny’s choice to decide when to end her life. She is a knowledgeable women and seems to have considered her future and the progress of her cancer. She has a right to choose.

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