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New Euthanasia Law Draws Australians

April 12, 1996| Reuters

SYDNEY, Australia — Terminally ill Australians have begun traveling thousands of miles to an outback territory to end their lives under what is believed to be the world's first law that permits assisted suicide, a euthanasia group said Thursday.

Up to 10 people are waiting for the controversial law to take effect July 1, a spokesman for the Northern Territory's Voluntary Euthanasia Network said. Most of those seeking euthanasia are elderly people with cancer, he added.

The Northern Territory's new law, passed in February, allows doctors to give lethal injections to patients.

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