Andrew Denton remembers his beloved father’s awful death, and wondered why it was so different to the final days of Margaretta Pos’ father, who lived in the Netherlands and had been granted the right to euthanasia under Netherlands law. To answer this question, Denton spent many months travelling to countries where laws to help people die already exist and by talking for hundreds of hours with the dying, their families, nurses, doctors, politicians, lawyers, academics, priests, surgeons, palliative care specialists and activists on both sides of the debate, both here and overseas. Denton’s Di Gribble Argument was based upon this extensive research.

What did Andrew Denton’s research reveal to him?

Denton’s “Di Gribble Argument” included the statement “Belgium, Netherlands and Oregon, I was told, were societies weakened at their moral core; a slippery slope where the number of people seeking to die was sharply on the rise, and the reasons for their legalised deaths ever-expanding. At its heart lay two key accusations: that the safeguards don’t work; and that the elderly and disabled were threatened. I took careful note of it all, then took off overseas to see if their warnings held true.

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