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June 2013

Voluntary euthanasia ‘inevitable’ in NZ – advocate

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ONE News 10 June 2013
An advocate of voluntary euthanasia says that it is “inevitable” that the practice will become lawful in New Zealand.
Melbourne-based urological surgeon Dr Rodney Syme believes that choosing when and how a person dies is a human right and says that he expects physician-assisted death to be made legal within the next decade.
Syme, who is visiting New Zealand for the Voluntary Euthanasia Society’s annual conference, admits helping hundreds of people to end their lives on their own terms.
…He told TV ONE’s Breakfast this morning that he thinks the practice has international support. “It is inevitable, it has happened around the world, in a number of countries. Public support for it is overwhelming.
“I estimate that certainly within a decade, and hopefully long before then, we will have sensible law that protects human beings and human rights to die with dignity on their own terms,” he said.
Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland and in the US states of Washington, Oregon, Vermont and Montana.
In New Zealand, euthanasia and assisted suicide remains illegal, as set out under Section 179 of the Crimes Act.

Doctors fight to kill South Australian euthanasia bill

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Lifesite News 5 June 2013
A group of Australian doctors opposed to the introduction of euthanasia and assisted suicide has written to all House of Assembly MPs condemning Hon. Bob Such’s ‘Ending Life with Dignity Bill’ 2013.
Senior South Australian neurologist Dr Timothy Kleinig, the chair of Doctors Opposed to Euthanasia (DOE), said the bill confuses the deliberate killing of a patient through euthanasia with the withdrawal and withholding of treatment at a patient’s request. “[A]s the AMA (Australian Medical Association) and others have pointed out, (this) is not euthanasia,” said Dr. Kleinig, “but the refusal of medical care, the legality or ethics of which is not in dispute.”
..The AMA has said the bill shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the role and intention of palliative care. In describing both bills, AMA (SA) President, Dr Patricia Montanaro said: …these Bills have major elements that are ill-conceived, indicate a fundamental lack of understanding of current concepts in end-of-life care, and show a confusion in understanding of the critical difference between palliative care and euthanasia.
They therefore have the potential to confuse and compromise the provision of good end-of-life care, with resulting distress to patients and their families.