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75% of Victorians want a Voluntary Assisted Dying Law.

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

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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 2017-09-21 00:20:50 +1000
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  • signed 2017-09-16 16:46:51 +1000
    All we deserve this right.
  • signed 2017-09-16 13:20:41 +1000
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  • signed 2017-09-15 18:59:40 +1000
  • signed 2017-09-15 18:48:40 +1000
    As a nursing colleague I’m so happy to support you Jen.
  • signed 2017-09-15 17:39:05 +1000
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  • signed 2017-09-14 21:36:42 +1000
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  • signed 2017-09-14 20:56:35 +1000
    Listen to those suffering, the last good days in fear of losing all dignity and insufferable pain in the end. No one should have the right to make choices in those last days, weeks…except the one who is terminal. Let people CHOOSE! Let them pass away truly peacefully. PLEASE!
  • signed 2017-09-14 20:55:48 +1000
    My heart goes out to you Jen.
  • signed 2017-09-14 20:19:15 +1000
  • signed via 2017-09-14 19:37:22 +1000
    My dad didn’t get a choice. I hope you do. Xoxo
  • signed 2017-09-14 19:30:39 +1000
  • signed 2017-09-14 19:26:58 +1000
  • signed 2017-09-14 19:23:33 +1000
    Is long overdue in this country, should be a Federal law not just state.
  • signed 2017-09-14 19:17:38 +1000
    This just so makes sense
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  • signed 2017-09-06 22:20:59 +1000
  • signed 2017-09-06 10:10:09 +1000
    As a nurse I see all the love, care, empathy and compassion that family, nurse and doctors show as they try to help patients who are dying, to be painfree, stressfree, comfortable, and pass with dignity at the end of their life. But unfortunately there is only so much that we are able to do. And for some patients the reality is not going to be good. It will be horrible. They should not have to suffer like this. It is not fair to allow someone to have to face this. Having legislation in place to allow people in this situation to make the choice is the humane thing to do. Knowing there is an option, to having to face the suffering, will give many people a sense of peace and comfort and very few will avail themselves of it but having the knowledge that it is an option will give their last few years or months some comfort.
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