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Euthanasia bill comes before SA parliament

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

A new voluntary euthanasia bill will come before the South Australian parliament on Thursday in the state's 15th attempt to introduce the controversial laws.

The Death With Dignity Bill is the latest bid to pass legislation in SA to allow voluntary euthanasia, with the first bill coming back in 1995.

The bill would allow people to request voluntary euthanasia if they are suffering intolerably from a terminal illness that will kill them eventually.

Liberal MP Dr Duncan McFetridge introduced the legislation on October 20 after a previous bill was scrapped and then rewritten with amendments to tighten eligibility processes.

There has been heated debate over the issue in recent months and some Christian and disability groups have fiercely opposed the idea.

These groups say it's a slippery slope to allow people to end their lives and that despite the bill being strict the laws would be expanded in future once passed.

But voluntary euthanasia supporters, such as TV presenter Andrew Denton, believe people should be given the freedom to die quickly and with dignity if they are sick and suffering.

The Death With Dignity Bill will be read for the second time on Thursday.

If the laws were to finally get up, SA would be the only Australian state to allow voluntary euthanasia.

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