The Western Australian government says its new assisted dying laws give terminally ill patients the choice to die on their own terms, while critics say they put people at risk. This is Margo and Michael’s story. In a leafy suburb in Perth’s hills, Margo Beilby, 79, spends much of her time knitting in her living room. “My husband and I built this house, designed it and did most of the carpentry,” she tells SBS News. The house is quiet, and the knitting keeps Margo’s mind active and her hands occupied. After a long battle with lung disease, her husband Michael took his own life in 2013 at the age of 73. “He had been a life-long asthmatic, and he gradually got worse until he was diagnosed with COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary [Disease],” she says. “He was down to 20 per cent lung capacity and he faced drowning in […]