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 2017-08-16 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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