I have terminal breast cancer and I need Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws in Queensland now.

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My name is Tanya Battel.   This evening I watched WA pass the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019.  WA follows Victoria.  I and so many others need Queensland to follow WA.

I have battled breast cancer for 22 years.  It is now terminal. The cancer has spread to my lung and my abdomen.

I have had 3 years of chemotherapy but the cancer won't go away. The side effects of treatment make me feel sick and I am miserable and frightened.

I face the prospect of a horrible, painful death as the cancer moves to my bones, my organs and my brain.  This is what I fear more than anything else – not death - but the long, drawn out process of dying.  

I nursed both my parents at the end of their lives.  It was awful.  It was horrific. No-one should have to suffer like that.  Dying people deserve the right to choose when they have had enough. 

I want the right to ask a doctor to help me have a peaceful death. Victoria now has voluntary assisted dying laws. Western Australia will have a law soon. It is illegal in Queensland but people are desperate for this legislation. 

A Government Inquiry has been running all year but will not report back until next March 2020. 

I want the Qld Premier to commit to introducing voluntary assisted dying laws before the State election in October 2020.  

Otherwise, this legislation may never happen.  I don’t have time to wait. 

85% of the community wants these laws. People are suffering unnecessarily and 7 Queenslanders with a terminal illness are killing themselves each month.

I plead with the Qld  Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk to allow me the right to die peacefully and painlessly when my suffering becomes unbearable. 

Please join me in asking the Premier to introduce Voluntary Assisted Dying laws to the Queensland Parliament before the State election in 2020. 

You can like/follow my Facebook page - VALE - Voluntary Assisted Life Ending to keep up to date with the work we are doing. 

Thank you, Tanya