South Australia’s lower house has voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that would allow people to access voluntary euthanasia in the state. Source: The Advertiser.
After six hours of vigorous debate, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passed 33-11 at 1.30am this morning, clearing its biggest hurdle yet. The bill, which is the state’s 17th attempt to legalise voluntary euthanasia, must get the final tick of approval from the upper house before officially becoming law.
SA would become the fourth state in the country to legalise the practice.
Premier Steven Marshall and Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas both voted in favour of the bill.
Lower house MPs approved numerous key amendments, including one that would allow private hospitals to exercise conscientious objection to voluntary euthanasia and refer patients seeking the procedure to other health care providers.
Another amendment, which would require the Government to monitor how much South Australians spend on palliative care after the bill comes into effect, was also approved by parliament.
In the lead-up to the vote, Archbishop of Adelaide Patrick O’Regan urged the Catholic community to lobby their local MPs to vote against the legislation.
South Australia’s lower house passes Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 33-11 (By Gabriel Polychronis and Elizabeth Henson, The Advertiser)