Alan Wheenis a member of the State Foundation Executive Committee of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) and is standing as a candidate for election to the NSW Legislative Council on 28th March 2015.
Alan is a native of the North Coast. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney in 1972. His studies in philosophy have qualified him to be, at various times, a transport manager, a saw-miller, conference-centre manager, researcher, inventor and removalist. At 65 he is unsure if he is retired or un-employed.
"We are not naturally drawn to this issue. Indeed, for most of us, it is only when life contrives to "shirt-front" us with the matter that we feel obliged to confront our own indifference.
My cousin, Gretchen, was a founding member of Exit. She never married and was fiercely independent. She had a degenerative lung condition that had an unpleasant prognosis. She could, and did, tolerate considerable pain and suffering. But she could not tolerate, and feared, indignity; the loss of autonomy. We obtained Nembutal from China. (She was the most unlikely criminal.) It was not used. She died au naturel.
And that is the point, really. She had a choice, and she was at liberty to exercise that choice. It is an arrogance, verging on cruelty, when we deny that liberty to some-one who, fully mindful, declares that they have had enough. If we have humanity, we should facilitate them."