You Don’t Discourage Suicide by Assisting Suicide

Media Release 11 Sep 2017 Family First NZ is warning that there is a ‘social contagion’ aspect to suicide – assisted or non-assisted – and that we need more discussion about suicide prevention, not euthanasia. The warning is being reiterated after the disagreement between National’s Simon O’Connor and Labour’s Jacinda Ardern regarding suicide. “You don’t discourage suicide by assisting suicide. …

VALUE YOUR VOTE 2017: Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide

One of the main reasons that politicians have rejected previous attempts to decriminalise assisted suicide / euthanasia is that they realised that ‘safeguards’, while sounding good, would not guarantee the protection required for vulnerable people including the disabled, elderly, depressed or anxious, and those who feel themselves to be a burden or are under financial pressure. The international evidence backs …

‘Value Your Vote’ Election Resource Launched

Media Release 13 Aug 2017 For the fourth successive election, Family First NZ has launched their Value Your Vote resource to inform voters leading up to the September election. “Value Your Vote records how existing MP’s have voted over the past five terms on controversial issues with a focus on votes related to marriage, parenting, and other key social issues. …

Suicide Prevention Harmed by Euthanasia – Govt Report

Media Release 2 Aug 2017 A parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia has sounded a clear warning that changing the law on assisted suicide could be seen as normalising suicide, and an overwhelming 80% of submitters have rejected calls for euthanasia in this extensive and lengthy inquiry. “At a time when the country is trying to reduce our horrendous suicide rates, this …

Claim Of ‘Religious’ Opposition To Euthanasia Debunked

Media Release 10 June 2017 Family First NZ says that a full analysis of submissions made to the Inquiry on assisted suicide by the Care Alliance shows 77% opposition to any change in the law, but also conclusively rebuts the claims made by ACT MP David Seymour and other supporters of assisted suicide that opposition to euthanasia is driven by …

Euthanasia ‘Elephant In The Room’ – Healthcare Costs

Media Release 21 March 2017 Family First NZ says that the example of a cancer patient being turned away because of her potential healthcare costs is a disturbing development which will only be exacerbated by allowing euthanasia in to our laws. The woman with terminal cancer was told by medical staff the hospital would rather spend its money on people …

MPs Told “You Don’t Discourage Suicide by Assisting Suicide”

Family First Media Release 2 Nov 2016 Family First New Zealand – one of the lead family organisations against assisted suicide and euthanasia – has presented their oral submission today to the Select Committee conducting the Investigation into ending one’s life in New Zealand as a result of Maryan Street’s petition. In their oral submission, National Director Bob McCoskrie has …

Submissions Say No To Assisted Suicide 3:1

Media Release 12 Aug 2016 Family First NZ is welcoming an analysis of submissions made to the Inquiry on assisted suicide showing a 3:1 opposition to any change in the law, and is also calling on ACT MP David Seymour to withdraw his grandstanding bill so that the important conversation around end-of-life care can happen. “It is ironic that ex-MP …

Campaign Launched to Kill ‘Assisted Suicide’ Bill

Media Release Family First NZ will be immediately launching a campaign ‘Kill The Bill’ relating to ACT MP David Seymour’s bill to legalise assisted suicide because the bill is premature and will undermine the important and thorough Inquiry that is currently underway, and contains dangerous pitfalls that even supporters of euthanasia will struggle to explain away. “The politicians should vote …