New South Wales voluntary assisted dying legislation backed by majority of MPs

Advocates for voluntary assisted dying in New South Wales took a major step on Wednesday after an emotional debate.

Willing advocates for medical assistance in dying in the New South Wales parliament appear to have won enough votes to pass the landmark legislation.

Bill sponsor and independent MP Alex Greenwich tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that a majority of members of the upper house had voted in favor of the proposal.

“Thank you to all members for their contributions,” he wrote.

Upper house MPs debated the bill for several hours on Wednesday, sometimes in deeply emotional terms, and a total of 22 members said they would support it.

Some MPs have yet to speak to the bill and will likely have the opportunity to do so when the upper house takes time for private members’ business in May.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet and Opposition Leader Chris Minns both opposed the legislation but allowed their MPs to vote as they pleased.

Their colleagues in the lower house passed the bill late last year and it went through an upper house inquiry before being put to debate.

If enacted, it would bring NSW in line with all other states in legalizing voluntary euthanasia for people with incurable conditions who have less than 12 months to live.

Opponents have expressed concern that people may feel pressured to end their lives if the bill passes, and argued that the state should not have the right to kill anyone.

Proponents argued that it would give terminally ill people greater control over their own lives and deaths.

“After attending briefings, and after hearing and hearing the stories of people with terminal illnesses and their families and friends, I have no difficulty supporting this bill,” the chief said Wednesday. of the Labor Party’s upper house, Penny Sharpe.

Prime Minister Damien Tudehope was among the opponents and said that if the legislation passed, some old and sick people would have to “wake up every morning and decide it wouldn’t be better if they were dead”.

“No guarantees can prevent this cultural change from creating pressure on the elderly, the sick, the frail and the disabled, who feel they should demand the end of their lives,” he said. declared.

Shayne Higson, vice-chair of pro-Bill lobby group Dying with Dignity NSW, said Wednesday was a “very important day”.

“After 10 years of advocacy, there is now a level of optimism that I have never seen before in New South Wales,” she told NCA NewsWire.

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