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At least six terminally ill South Australians have ended their lives since euthanasia legislation was enacted in the state on January 31. Source: The Advertiser.
A gag clause prohibiting physicians from initiating conversations about euthanasia with the terminally ill is one of many legislative safeguards that should be abolished, say advocates pushing for a major reform of Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying legislation. Source: The Age.
Former Australian Medical Association national vice-president Stephen Parnis has expressed “serious” concern about the “distressing” push to train student doctors in euthanasia as part of their university degrees. Source: The Australian.
As voluntary assisted dying laws came into effect in South Australia this week, Catholic Health Australia has reiterated the focus of its members on “healing and accompanying the dying through excellent end-of-life care”. Source: The Southern Cross.
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles has written to British MPs urging them to back euthanasia laws for the terminally ill. Source: The Australian.
Terminally ill people who end their lives with voluntary euthanasia could be denied the last rites when Queensland becomes the fourth state to operate a right-to-die program on January 1. Source: The Australian.