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SA minor party backs euthanasia laws

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016

A minor party MP in South Australia has thrown her support behind the latest attempt to introduce voluntary euthanasia laws, backed by an overwhelming endorsement from her members.

Dignity for Disability MP Kelly Vincent says a survey has revealed 90 per cent of party members have backed the introduction of voluntary euthanasia measures.

"Party members want members of parliament to get on with legislating for well designed, safeguarded voluntary euthanasia," Ms Vincent said on Tuesday.

The latest attempt to introduce the laws in SA will be debated in state parliament on Wednesday with its supporters optimistic that it will at least be sent to a parliamentary committee for further investigation.

Introduced by Liberal MP Duncan McFetridge, the bill requires someone to have a terminal illness and to be suffering unbearable pain that cannot be relieved through other measures before they can access voluntary euthanasia.

They also will need to have their decision endorsed by at least two doctors.

The bill, which is the 15th attempt to pass such laws in SA, will be subject to a conscience vote by all MPs with a number already expressing their support or continued opposition.

Ms Vincent said one thing opponents needed to remember was that no one was going to be coerced into choosing to hasten the end of their life.

"It is the individual person themselves who holds the control," she said.

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