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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Euthanasia Upheld

SYDNEY () -- An Australian court upheld the world's first euthanasia law Wednesday, overriding objections from aborigines who call it witchcraft and Roman Catholic church groups that call it a sin.

The challenge in the supreme court of the Northern Territory was one of several attempts to scuttle the local law, which lets doctors -- under certain conditions -- administer lethal doses of drugs to the terminally ill.

A bill that would override the law is pending in Parliament, and opponents of the law vowed to appeal Wednesday's decision to the High Court of Australia on constitutional grounds.