New South Wales Australia Defeats Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide

International   |   Alex Schadenberg   |   Nov 16, 2017   |   1:51PM   |   Sydney, Australia

Congratulations to HOPE Australia and all of the caring people who are standing for the protection of vulnerable Australians.

The New South Wales (NSW) Australia euthanasia bill was defeated by a vote of 20 to 19 today.

ABC News reported that MP’s in NSW were given a free conscience vote on the euthanasia bill. According to ABC News:

Christian Democrat Fred Nile said legalisation was a dangerous move.

“How will such a bill, once passed, impact on how we see value in life?” he said.

Liberal backbencher Taylor Martin argued euthanasia was comparable to re-introducing the death penalty.

“One of the main reasons why Australia stopped the barbaric practise of capital punishment is because it is so final,” he said.

“We must consider this bill through a similar lens.”

Similar to the experience in the United States, when elected representatives examine the language of the legislation, then they will often change there minds and vote against the bill.

Lawyer, Margaret Dore, from Choice is an Illusion wrote an excellent evaluation of the NSW euthanasia bill.

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The euthanasia bill in Victoria Australia is being debated in the Senate. I HOPE that the Senators in Victoria will examine the language of the bill and vote against it. Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and you can read his blog here.