Australia Euthanasia Group Funds Backers of Washington Assisted Suicide Vote

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 14, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Australia Euthanasia Group Funds Backers of Washington Assisted Suicide Vote

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 14
, 2008

Olympia, WA (LifeNews.com) — The amount of money is barely enough to notice in a campaign where assisted suicide backers are spending millions to make Washington the second state to legalize assisted suicide. However, an Australian pro-euthanasia group has donated over $4,000 to the campaign for Initiative 1000.

The group backing I-1000 has a $3.2 million warchest and will be spending over $1 million during the final weeks of the campaign.

Included in that is a donation of $4,138 from Death with Dignity Victoria, a local pro-euthanasia group in the Australian state that includes Melbourne, according to a Seattle Post-Intelligencer report.

Donations from out of state have been a problem in the campaign, but not yet from out of the nation.

As LifeNews.com previously noted, the local group promoting Initiative 1000 has received most of its money from its fellow euthanasia group and eight out of state donors, including an Ohio resident.

Alex Schadenberg, the head of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, responded to the news and said pro-life advocates are desperately needed for financial support and to get the word out about problems with the initiative.

"Once again it is apparent that the Coalition Against Assisted Suicide in Washington State will need your support if it is to defeat the I-1000 assisted suicide initiative," he said.

"The total money raised by the Coalition Against Assisted Suicide is now $876,000. This is simply not enough money to counter the advertising by the euthanasia lobby," he said.

Dan Kennedy, the head of Human Life of Washington, says the battle is a "modern day David and Goliath encounter," but one where he thinks the coalition of pro-life advocates, medical professionals and disability rights advocates will be victorious.

"The duty to die proponents of this initiative hope to win the vote through bigotry, big money, and a facade of compassion," he told LifeNews.com. "Voters of Washington State have rejected this in the past, as has every other state where they’ve tried to force their will on the voters."

"Once informed, Washington voters shouldn’t be fooled or coerced into signing their own death warrant," he said.

Related web sites:
Human Life of Washington – https://www.humanlife.net
No on 1000 – https://noassistedsuicide.com

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