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It’s time to allow terminally ill South Australians the right to a dignified death

Media Release
Sarah Hanson-Young 15 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens will take steps to give terminally ill people the right to end their lives on their own terms when it introduces its Dying With Dignity legislation in Federal Parliament.

“More than 75% of Australians are supporting the call for those with terminal illnesses to have the right to control the way in which they die,” Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It’s time for voluntary euthanasia to be brought to the national agenda, but the Greens are the only party that is willing to act.

“The old parties have skirted the issue for too long. South Australians would take comfort in knowing that they can make this choice and it’s up to the Greens to lead the way and provide people with the option of a dignified, pain-free death.

“Based on successful approaches from around the world, the Greens would build the Dying with Dignity policy around proper safeguards to protect vulnerable South Australians as well as physicians who provide medical assistance when terminally ill people seek to end their lives.

“South Australians want an alternative to dying of terminal illnesses in extreme pain and it’s time for this compassionate law reform to start gaining momentum in the Federal Parliament.”

 

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