First Pro-Assisted Suicide Commercial Banned in Australia
September 14, 2010
Australia (ChattahBox World News) – A pro-euthanasia commercial created in Australia by assisted suicide advocacy group ‘Exit’ has been banned from television, after Free Australia TV said that it was unsuitable for viewing.
The commercial, which can be seen below, features a terminally ill man speaking about his choices, and saying that he didn’t choose to live through the final days of his fatal disease starving to death because he couldn’t eat, as his family watched him suffer through it.
Australia Free TV, which is a non-partisan group in charge of regulating advertisements placed on television, said that the decision to ban the commercial had nothing to do with a political statement. They also said that they have no opinion on the ethics behind the ad, or a desire to crush debate.
Instead, they said that the pro-suicide statement makes it an unsuitable ad by definition of current laws regarding censorship. But Exit has said there is no pro-suicide message in the commercial, and that it is a political issue based on voluntary euthanasia, which they say is a humanitarian act for those who are suffering from terminal conditions.
They have resubmitted a shorter commercial, and they are currently preparing to erect billboards.