Victoria Upper House backs assisted dying bill

ABC News:  Voluntary assisted dying bill passes Victoria’s Upper House, state set to make history

Historic voluntary euthanasia laws have passed Victoria’s Upper House after a 28-hour marathon sitting, leaving the state on the brink of becoming the first in the country to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill.

In a dramatic end to days of debate, the Andrews Government’s voluntary assisted dying bill passed — with amendments — 22-18 votes in the 40-member Upper House.

It was a conscience vote for all MPs. Eleven government MPs backed the bill, as did four Liberals, five Greens, the Reason Party’s Fiona Patten and Vote 1 Local Jobs Party MP James Purcell.

Because amendments to the bill were agreed it must now return to the Lower House for ratification before becoming law.

The bill passed in the Lower House last month, with MPs voting 47 to 37 in favour of introducing voluntary euthanasia.

The legislation required amendments to pass the Upper House, including halving the timeframe for eligible patients to access the scheme from 12 months to live to six months to live.

There will be exemptions for sufferers of conditions such as motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis, who will be able to access the scheme in their final 12 months.

Once passed it will give patients suffering intolerable pain the right to choose a doctor-assisted death from 2019.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the law would give terminally ill people dignity at the end of their lives.

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  1. patupaiarehe

     /  22nd November 2017

    It is never an easy choice to make, but sometimes it is the only humane option. I guess that none of us will ever know, until we are confronted by it…
    WARNING: The following clip contains realistic looking fictional footage, of a man dying from a gunshot wound.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  24th November 2017

    Assuming the Victorians are talking about Physician Assisted Suicide or PAS, where the doctor provides the prescription – ONLY to terminally-ill patients – but does not administer the meds, and not having confronted it myself, I believe the choice would be relatively easy, because I, the terminally-ill patient, would be the only person making the choice.

    In Oregon, as I understand it, I would have requested PAS while still of “sound mind” and my GP’s or specialist’s prognosis would be corroborated by 1 or 2 other specialists. I would be terminally-ill, approaching death, suffering debilitating pain, loss of autonomy and/or dignity.

    “In Oregon, in-hospital death rates are at the lowest in the nation, at home death rates are at the highest in the nation, and violent suicide among hospice patients has been reduced significantly.”

    Question: Where End-of-Life-Choice or Death-with-Dignity is legal, are doctors obliged to provide the prescription service, or is it voluntary for doctors like it is for patients?

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