- “Seriously ill people should have access to assisted suicide,” the federal chancellery said in the statement.
Austria’s federal government has submitted a draft law to make assisted suicide for seriously ill adults legal, the federal chancellery said in a statement on Saturday.
The new law lays out the conditions under which the suicide will be possible in the future, following a ruling by Austria’s Constitutional Court last December according to which banning suicide was unconstitutional because it violated a person’s right to self-determination.
“Seriously ill people should have access to assisted suicide,” the federal chancellery said in the statement.
Assisted Suicide for Terminally Ill
The new law allows chronically or terminally ill adults to make provisions for the act.
They have to consult two doctors who have to attest the person is capable of making his or her own decisions. A delay of 12 weeks also has to be respected that can be reduced to two weeks for patients in the final phase of an illness.