End of Life Choice Bill contains flaws that are impossible to fix

Stuff co.nz 19 June 2018 Family First Comment: Excellent commentary… “If we lived in a perfect world, maybe a bill like this could be considered. In this world, doctors would be infallible and their decisions and predictions would always be right. Patients would be completely rational, never making decisions out of fear, pressure, or unstable emotions. Families would be loving, …

Act Party leader David Seymour says he may change euthanasia law which punishes reluctant doctors

NZ Herald 19 June 2018 Family First Comment: How generous. But the REAL question is – why do so many medical professionals want NOTHING to do with euthanasia / assisted suicide? www.rejectassistedsuicide.nz Act Party leader David Seymour says he may change his euthanasia bill to allow doctors to completely remove themselves from any role in assisted dying. The End of …

Medical students training for end-of-life-care ‘woeful’

Radio NZ News 18 June 2018 The palliative care sector is warning a crisis for New Zealand’s ageing population is imminent as not enough people are being trained in end-of-life care. Ministry of Health data shows in the next 20 years the number of people dying will increase by 50 percent – or 45,000 each year and by 2068 that …

We’re told we are a burden. No wonder disabled people fear assisted suicide

The Guardian 1 June 2018 Family First Comment: “Opposition to assisted suicide – also called assisted dying – is characterised as being the preserve of the religious, stuffy and outdated, like religious opposition to gay marriage and abortion. In reality, some of the loudest voices opposing it are those of people with disabilities – because we have the most to …

Maggie Barry: Dignified death, yes, but check the detail

NZ Herald 27 May 2018 Family First Comment: “I do not want New Zealand to become a country where vulnerable dementia sufferers or disabled people are not valued and become even more susceptible to pressure from society to end their lives prematurely. I share in the concerns of Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero, who said the bill “undermines the position …

Double whammy: Votes on legalising cannabis and euthanasia possible before the election

NZ Herald 23 May 2018 Family First Comment: The ‘social engineering’ train is on a roll! New Zealanders may get the opportunity to vote on legalising cannabis and voluntary euthanasia at the same time, possibly as early as next year. Labour agreed to hold a public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use at or before the 2020 general election …

Deadline for End of Life Choice bill extended due to interest

NewsTalk ZB 21 May 2018 Family First Comment: Not written submissions – but oral submissions. 3,500 requests to do an oral submission 😊 www.protect.org.nz A deadline for an assisted dying law change has been pushed back again because of a record level of interest. Public hearings begin today on the End of Life Choice Bill, and so far 35,000 submissions …

Legalising voluntary euthanasia a slippery slope: Geriatrician

NZ Herald 19 May 2018 Family First Comment: “The reason is not because I’m pig-headed or because I don’t have any empathy for those who are in difficult situations. We don’t need it; if you talk to the bulk of our palliative care positions they will tell you they can manage even the most difficult illness or disability.” www.protect.org.nz A …

Enabling Suicide Should Always Be A Crime

Media Release 11 May 2018 Family First NZ is welcoming the decision in the Wellington High Court of the conviction and fining of Susan Austen who enabled a woman to commit suicide. Family First is now calling on the police to lay similar charges against Dr Philip Nitschke. Family First is also calling on the Voluntary Euthanasia Society to return …