Aussie state's euthanasia laws prompt debate

Pro-life demonstrators outside Victoria's state Parliament in Melbourne last Tuesday, ahead of the voluntary assisted dying laws coming into effect the next day.
Pro-life demonstrators outside Victoria's state Parliament in Melbourne last Tuesday, ahead of the voluntary assisted dying laws coming into effect the next day.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Advocates say move helps people die with dignity, critics fear pressure on vulnerable

Victoria has become the only state in Australia to allow euthanasia, resurrecting an impassioned debate about the rights of terminally ill people.

The so-called "voluntary assisted dying" laws allow Victorian residents aged 18 or over who suffer from a painful, incurable and terminable disease to access a dose of a lethal substance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 23, 2019, with the headline 'Aussie state's euthanasia laws prompt debate'. Print Edition | Subscribe