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More overseas support for voluntary assisted dying law reform

Each week seems to bring more indications of the growing support for voluntary assisted dying law reform, overseas as well as in Australia.

An interesting item this week from the UK involves Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, in her role as patron of the the Townwomen’s Guild, a group representing 34,000 women.  In the newspaper item about the conference (at, she is reported as praising them for debating euthanasia at its annual conference.  It is also reported that “delegates overwhelmingly supported the motion to lobby the Government to permit assisted deaths” and the guild’s vice-president, television presenter Esther Rantzen, is reported as saying she would support the campaign to change the euthanasia law.

We agree with her reported view: “I think the population is saying we don’t want to be forced to live in pain so our families’ last memories of us are of us suffering.”


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