South African Parliament Passes Assisted Dying Law | Canberra weather


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Terminally ill people who wish to end their life will be able to access voluntary euthanasia after South Australia’s parliament passes landmark legislation. The assisted voluntary death bill went to a conscience vote, passing parliament in its 17th attempt in 25 years at around 11 a.m. Thursday. It includes 68 guarantees and a provision that people wishing to die must have resided in South Africa for at least 12 months. It will then go to the governor’s approval before the legislation goes into effect in about 18 months. When it does, South Africa will be the fourth state in the country to legalize voluntary euthanasia. “Aid in dying voluntarily. Everything is done in Parliament. Until the last moment,” tweeted Jubilant HIS Labor MP Kyam Maher. A terminal diagnosis and a life expectancy of less than six months, or 12 months for someone with neurodegenerative disease, must be confirmed for a patient to access the procedure. The bill also requires patients to demonstrate that they have the capacity to make decisions and are able to give informed consent, and that they undergo an assessment by two independent physicians. They must have their claim verified by two independent witnesses and must experience intolerable suffering that cannot be alleviated. The SA bill is based on the legislation and the Victoria system for voluntary assistance in dying. Mr Maher co-sponsored the bill in 2020 after observing his mother’s suffering. Western Australia recently passed similar laws that will come into force later this year, while legislation has also been passed in the Tasmanian parliament Australian Associated Press


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