Australia Senate Defeats Bill Legalizing Assisted Suicide

International   Alex Schadenberg   Aug 16, 2018   |   12:30PM    Canberra, Australia

The Australian Senate defeated the assisted suicide bill after two members of the Senate, who indicated that they would support the bill, changed their minds and voted against it.

Dana McCauley reported for The Sydney Morning Herald that:

The bill, introduced by Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm, was defeated by 36 to 34 votes after two days of impassioned debate in the Senate

It was knocked down after Liberal senator Anne Ruston and Nationals senator Steve Martin were persuaded to vote against the bill, after initially leaning in favour of it.

“I cannot in good conscience offer my support to this bill which will provide the territories the ability to legislate in the area of voluntary euthanasia, certainly without ensuring that appropriate safeguards were in place,” Senator Martin told the Senate on Wednesday.

The bill proposed to overturn a federal law that prohibited the Territories from legislating on issues, such as euthanasia and assisted suicide, without federal approval.

Australia’s Northern Territory legalized euthanasia in 1995, but the law was overturned by Australia’s federal parliament in 1997.

LifeNews.com Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and you can read his blog here.