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Proposed Protection of Conscience Laws
Australia
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South Australia

Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2012

What follows are the parts of Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2012 that pertain to protection of freedom of conscience. Note the following:

  • Section 12 permits objection by medical practitioners and others, and offers protection against discrimination.
  • Section 12 permits objection by medical institutions.
  • Section 13 protects those who provide euthanasia from criminal and civil liability, but does not offer similar protection to objectors.

The bill was defeated in June, 2012.

12-Person may decline to administer or assist the administration of voluntary euthanasia

(1) A medical practitioner may decline to carry out a request for the administration of voluntary euthanasia on any grounds.

(2) However, if a medical practitioner who has the care of the patient declines to
administer voluntary euthanasia, the medical practitioner must inform the person that
another medical practitioner may be prepared to consider the request.

(3) A person may decline to assist a medical practitioner to administer voluntary
euthanasia on any grounds without prejudice to the person's employment or any other form of adverse discrimination.

(4) The administering authority of a hospital, hospice, nursing home or other institution for the care of the sick or infirm may refuse to permit voluntary euthanasia within the institution but, if it does so, must take reasonable steps to ensure that the refusal is brought to the attention of patients entering the institution.

13-Protection from liability

A medical practitioner who administers voluntary euthanasia, or a person who assists
in the administration of voluntary euthanasia, incurs no civil or criminal liability by
doing so.


 

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