South Australia has become the fourth state to pass legislation to legalise euthanasia.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has just been passed by the South Australian Parliament.
It means patients in the state could access assisted dying as early as the end of next year.
The bill will now go to the South Australian Governor for assent, before authorities start work to implement the scheme within 18 to 24 months.
The state’s legislation is modelled on Victoria’s existing laws, which include more than 70 safeguards.
Additional amendments voted in on Wednesday will allow private hospitals as well as individual medical practitioners to conscientiously object if they refer patients to a place where they can access the scheme.
Eligible participants must be over 18, have lived in SA for at least a year and be deemed compliant by two doctors.
-more to come
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