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May 162017

Each day, breathing and swallowing become more difficult for Anne Gabrielides. She was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in July last year and has recently lost the ability to speak. A speech pathologist, Anne has lost her ability to speak and communicate and she has been given a 12 month prognosis, and says she is terrified of an undignified, drawn out and painful death. “Along with that is the difficulty of breathing and swallowing every day. I want to suck up as much of life as possible, but there will come a time when I will want to say, ‘No, that’s enough’.”

A cross-party working group of NSW MPs has unveiled a draft bill for public consultation, with the aim of introducing it to Parliament in August for debate shortly afterwards. The bill is the result of two years’ consultation by the working group and would give terminally ill patients aged over 25 the right to end their lives with medical help.

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