Thursday, 11 September 2008

Group calls for further study of euthanasia bill

The group Dying with Dignity, says Victorian Parliament has gone against public sentiment, in voting against the Physician-Assisted Dying bill.

The bill was voted down 25 to 13 in a conscience vote in the Upper House yesterday.

Dying with Dignity Victoria President, Neil Francis, says 82 per cent of Victorians support physician-assisted euthanasia and the issue needs to be considered again.

"The great proportion of Victorians are in favour of people having the right to have a choice," he said.

"We respect people who would make a different choice, but not to force that choice on other people."

"So the Premier would be, in our view, very wise to refer this to the Law Reform Commission for further community consultation," he said.

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