Law Allowing Assisted Suicide Comes Into Effect In Austria Today

A law allowing assisted suicide came into effect in Austria today.

From today, adults who are terminally ill or have a permanent, debilitating condition, can opt to make provisions for an assisted death.

The practice will be tightly regulated, with each case assessed by two doctors – one of whom would have to be a palliative medicine expert.

Assisted suicide is legal in neighbouring Switzerland.

It has also been decriminalised in Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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