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Australian euthanasia supporter anxious to open clinic

CWN - March 28, 2011

Australia's leading public advocate of legal euthanasia, Phililp Nitschke, hopes to open an assisted-suicide clinic in Adelaide if a law lifting criminal penalties on the practice is passed.

Legislators in South Australia are now debating a bill that allow doctors to provide lethal drugs to patients who are terminally ill and suffering pain that cannot be relieved. The proposal was considered likely to gain approval, but some legislators have balked at the idea of allowing stand-alone suicide clinics. Proponents of the bill had argued that the legislation is necessary to allow doctors to serve their existing patients--not to allow specialists to profit from suicide.

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