Perth, Australia, Aug 6, 2019 / 05:26 pm ( CNA ).- Legal assisted suicide could expand in Australia, as the Western Australian government has introduced legislation to allow people deemed terminally ill to request it. If the legislation is approved, assisted suicide, described by backers as “voluntary assisted dying,” would be allowed for terminally ill people in a condition that causes suffering that cannot be relieved in a tolerable manner, the Australian Associated Press reports. They must have an illness or medical condition that is advanced and “on the balance of probabilities” they must be expected to die within six months. If they have a neurodegenerative condition, they may seek assisted suicide if expected to die within 12 months. Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth has already spoken out against the proposed legalization of doctor-assisted suicide and euthanasia, calling it “both unsafe and unnecessary.” In two video messages, dated April […]