Australian state's euthanasia laws resurrects debate about ethics and patient rights

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.
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.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SYDNEY - Victoria has become Australia's only state 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. The laws went into effect on June 19 and the first death under the laws was expected to occur as soon as June 29.

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