VOLUNTARY assisted dying legislation is being debated in the West Australian parliament, with Premier Mark McGowan saying he supports it “through a lens of logic and freedom”.
Under the proposal, terminally-ill adults residing in WA who are in pain and likely have less than six months to live – or one year if they have a neurodegenerative condition – will be allowed to end their own lives or ask a doctor to do it.
The legislation includes 102 safeguards including soundness of mind, no coercion and a minimum of two independent medical assessments.
Mr McGowan said it was an intrinsically hard debate to have as death was a difficult topic, but it was inevitable, important to discuss and required courage.
He said he backed the bill because dying people deserved a means to not suffer unnecessary pain while family should not have to witness horrible suffering or find their loved one after they had taken their own life.
“Finally, I believe it is an issue of logic and freedom of choice,” he said.
“This is the ultimate act of personal choice, of freedom, of individual rights.”