My name is Peter Short and my story is simple. I was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer five years ago and made a full recovery. Or so I thought. On 28 January 2014, my 57th birthday, I was told it had returned – terminally. At the time of writing, I have a prognosis of five months. I am hoping for a bit more than that, but it is clear I will die within months. And I will die at the time I select. I respect those who believe it is better to hold on until the very end, whatever suffering that entails. Both paths are dignified. What is undignified is not having the choice.
Margaret Tighe is the president of the Right to Life Australia. Margaret is a retired pharmacist. She has worked for Lifeline, counselling suicidal people and has volunteered for The Right to Life Australia, in opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide campaigns. She believes the so-called “right” to die soon becomes the “duty” to die. The Right to Life Australia Inc. defends the right to life of all human beings from conception until natural death.