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Australia Senate Defeats Assisted Suicide Bill

"Narrow defeat by a vote of 36 to 34"

The culture of life got an important victory in the land down under, where the Australian Senate defeated a bill that would have made assisted suicide legal.

According to LifeNews, the bill failed "after two members of the Senate, who indicated that they would support the bill, changed their minds and voted against it."

Originally introduced by Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm, the bill fell to a narrow defeat by a vote of 36 to 34 after two full days of debate. Had it not been for the defection of two senators, Liberal Senator Anne Ruston and Nationals Senator Steve Martin, the bill would have likely passed.

“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.

A federal law in Australia prohibits territories from legislating on euthanasia and assisted suicide. The bill would have overturned that.

The Northern Territory legalized euthanasia in 1995, only to be overturned by Parliament in 1997.

 
 
 

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