Pledge to protect

“We, the undersigned, oppose any attempt to legalise assisted suicide / euthanasia in New Zealand. We call for the provision of the highest quality palliative care to be made available in all areas of New Zealand.”

Thinking euthanasia? Think again

This video explores why euthanasia is not medicine, how it completely changes the nature of healthcare, and why it’s the last thing we want or need in NZ.

Euthanasia bill under party pressure

NZ Herald 17 July 2013 Labour MP Maryan Street is under pressure to drop a member’s bill which would legalise euthanasia because her party is concerned it could be a negative distraction in the lead-up to the general election next year. If Ms Street’s End of Life Choice Bill was pulled from the ballot, the debate could extend into election …

From a doctor who changed her mind

Dr Diane E. Meier is one of America’s leading palliative care physicians. She is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and is the recipient of numerous awards. She was once an advocate of assisted suicide, but has changed her mind. Here are some remarks she made last month …

Swiss assisted suicide clinic kills Italian man: autopsy discovers he wasn’t dying after all

The Dignitas suicide clinic in Basel Switzerland caused the death of Pietro D’Amico, a 62-year-old magistrate from Calabria in southern Italy, in April, 2013 after D’Amico received a wrong diagnosis. Dignitas is a suicide clinic that is operated by Ludwig Minella, a retired lawyer. Dignitas is known for encouraging the suicide deaths of foreign “suicide tourists” for a fee. An article …

Labour Should Ditch Assisted Suicide Bill Now

Media Release 19 July 2013 Family First NZ says that Labour MP Maryann Street should immediately withdraw her private members bill which is attempting to decriminalise assisted suicide or euthanasia. “To legalise assisted suicide would place large numbers of vulnerable people at risk – in particular those who are depressed, elderly, sick, disabled, those experiencing chronic illness, limited access to good medical …

Another step towards euthanasia for children

Presseurop 10 June 2013 In the wake of several months of testimony from doctors and experts in medical ethics, a Belgian Senate committee will on June 12 examine the possible extension of the country’s euthanasia law to include children. “On both sides of the linguistic border, liberals and socialists appear to agree on the fact that age should not be …

Street’s euthanasia bill a grave threat to Downs community

Saving Downs 25 July 2013  New Zealand Labour Party MP Maryan Street has a private members bill for euthanasia sitting in the ballot box in Parliament. If this bill is drawn and subsequently made law, it paves the way for the un-consented killing of people with Down syndrome in New Zealand. Such a situation is entirely unacceptable and will be …

Assisted suicide poses risk to vulnerable, says senior doctor

Christian Institute 3 July 2013 Legalising assisted suicide would put immense pressure on vulnerable people to end their lives, according to a consultant physician in palliative medicine. Dr Stephen Hutchison wrote in a piece for The Herald newspaper that assisted suicide has been “consistently rejected” by the Scottish Parliament because it is unsafe. He said: “The duty of government is …

Focus Should Be Right to Care, Not Right To Die

Family First Media Release 29 April 2012 Family First NZ says that any bill to decriminalise euthanasia would lead to disabled, sick and elderly  people coming to be viewed as a burden upon the taxpayer, society and their families – and that it would send a dangerous message to young people about suicide and the value of life. “A Sunday …