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Victoria becomes first Australian State to Legalise Euthanasia

Published on November 30, 2017
Australian state, Victoria, became the first in the country to legalise assisted dying, or euthanasia, with lawmakers voting to allow terminally ill patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives from June 2019.

Victoria becomes first Australian State to Legalise Euthanasia

  • The legislation was passed after 100 hours of often fiery debate, making it the only place in Australia where the practice will be legal.
  • The scheme will be accessible only to terminally ill patients over 18 living in Victoria with less than six months to live, down from an originally proposed 12 months.
  • Those applying must be determined by multiple doctors to be suffering intolerable pain and be of sound mind.
  • If they are able, the patient will administer the lethal substance themselves, but if they are not, a doctor will help.
  • Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries around the world and until now had been banned in Australia

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