Assisted suicide may be extended to children after two years

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Assisted suicide may be extended to children after two years

The proposed Tasmanian legislation relates directly to those over 18, but makes provision for assisted dying to be extended to children.

Section 142 of the bill mandates a review – after two years of the legislation passing – to looking into those under 18 accessing similar legislation in other jurisdictions.

The disconnect between suicide prevention measures and the possibility of introducing assisted suicide for children and teenagers has been highlighted by Live & Die Well, a Tasmanian group fighting the introduction of assisted suicide.

“In a society where we spend millions of dollars each year attempting to save lives through suicide prevention, it is shocking to think that we now have the potential for voluntary assisted suicide to be introduced for children,” spokesperson Ben Smith said.

On September 4 The Advocate newspaper noted Mr Gaffney had said that if the review found voluntary assisted dying should be extended, it would only be in exceptional circumstances.

“Exceptional circumstances or not, it is simply horrifying to think that in some way, children would be euthanised in a modern society,” Mr Smith said.