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Nitschke can't deny the danger of his plans
Issued: 13 August 2001

Spokesperson for the Australian Federation of Right to Life Associations, Alison Hope, rejected Dr Philip Nitschke's attempts on ABC Radio today to argue that he had never advocated that his suicide pill be available to young people with mental illness.

"Dr Nitschke was being more up-front with us last week, when he acknowledged the reality that if this lethal drug were made available in the community, he would not be able to control who gets access to it", Ms Hope said.

When interviewed on the ABC Radio AM Program on 10 August last week, Dr Nitschke admitted that he would be unable to restrict access to the suicide pill and argued it should be available to teenagers.

"Well it's very hard to see how such a development is going to be restricted. I think what is likely to happen is, that once this development is made, it will start to spread. And so I guess everyone is likely, within the community, to have the means to a peaceful death", said Dr Nitschke.

"I think it should be available to teenagers. What I'm saying is, that teenagers are likely to get access to it. I mean, I think if we accept the fact suicide is legal and at a certain stage you become an adult in this society, at that stage we also accept that you can suicide."

"It's hard to see how Dr Nitschke can back out of this with any credibility, given his acknowledgement that he would have no control over the suicide pill and that teenagers would or should get access to it", said Ms Hope.

Contact: Alison Hope, spokesperson for the Australian Federation of Right to Life Associations, 02 6253 3100