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Assisted dying: Western Australia passes legislation
By Semi Turaga
Wednesday 11/12/2019
[Photo: BBC]

Western Australia has legalised voluntary assisted dying, becoming the second state in the country to do so.

There were cheers and emotional scenes in the public gallery as MPs passed the historic legislation in the state's lower house of parliament in Perth.

Some MPs also hugged each other on the floor of the legislative assembly.

BBC News reports Victoria legalised assisted dying in 2017.

In August, a woman with terminal cancer became the first person to end their life under that law.

MPs in Perth took five hours to pass 55 amendments to the legislation which had been approved by the upper house - the legislative council - in a marathon session last week.

The controversial law has produced weeks of often impassioned debate.

[Source: BBC]

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