Residents of late New South Wales are one step closer to being able to end their lives on their own terms after historic reforms have passed the House of Representatives.
The bill to legalize assisted suicide went from 52 to 32 in the final vote of the legislative assembly on Friday after several days of emotional debate over more than 160 amendments.
All lawmakers conscientiously voted on emotional legislation that would align New South Wales with all other states in legalizing the voluntary euthanasia of end-stage people.
Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, who led the reform and submitted the bill to Congress, thanked his colleagues following the vote shortly after 1:30 pm.
“We are grateful to our colleagues for their strong support for reform. Finally, our Congress reflects the will of the people of New South Wales,” Greenwich said.
“I am grateful for the orderly and respectful ways that reform opponents have continued to act through this debate.”
Shayne Higson, president of advocacy group Dying with Dignity, said none of the “hostile” amendments passed and instead received a “convincing refusal.”
“Oppositions in the House of Representatives will introduce many amendments when they see the bill passed, as they have done in all discussions in Australia,” she said.
“It pretends to protect the vulnerabilities, but what those fixes would have done is to make the law infeasible. This is a very protected law.”
The bill will be submitted to the House of Councilors and the bill will be passed, but it will not be voted until next year because the bill will be deliberated separately.
House of Councilors deliberations will meet and hold public hearings during the parliament’s summer vacation. The House of Councilors aims to submit a report on the first day of next year so that it can begin deliberations on the bill.
New South Wales Assisted suicide, Euthanasia Bill Passes House of Representatives
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