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Australians prepare to legislate on euthanasia

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:810
  1. Christopher Zinn

    Doctors who practise mercy killing could be protected under new legislation within 12 months, according to Australia's federal health minister, Senator Graham Richardson. He said that euthanasia took place in Australian hospitals every day and there needed to be a serious and informed debate on the issue.

    “The thousands of doctors who do it, mostly at the request of families, are risking the full weight of the law every time,” Senator Richardson told a byelection meeting in …

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