80% Opposition to Euthanasia An International Trend

Media Release 3 August 2017 Family First NZ says that the overwhelming 80% opposition to assisted suicide communicated to the Inquiry by the Health Select Committee is part of the reason why most overseas jurisdictions have also rightly rejected euthanasia laws. An analysis of attempts in the USA to allow assisted suicide reveal an overwhelming failure rate associated with such …

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 …

Call for Guidelines on Euthanasia Media Reporting

Media Release 27 June 2017 Family First New Zealand has made a submission to the Strategy to prevent suicide in New Zealand calling on strict guidelines around the media reporting of assisted suicide & euthanasia. In their submission, Family First has warned the Ministry of Health that the public debate over assisted suicide presents a serious risk to public health …

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 …

Campaign Launched to Kill ACT’s Assisted Suicide Bill

Media Release 8 June 2017 Family First NZ will immediately be launching a major campaign to oppose the ACT MP David Seymour’s Private Members Bill to legalise euthanasia. “The country is currently having an extensive inquiry into the issue of ending one’s life in New Zealand. This needs to be a robust honest debate about assisted suicide without the emotion …

Promotion & Enabling of Suicide Always A Crime

Media Release 12 May 2017 Family First NZ says that it is disturbing that a group is campaigning for a woman charged with importing a drug linked to euthanasia and charged with assisting suicide.  “The police are absolutely correct to be investigating, shutting down and prosecuting the promotion of suicide in New Zealand, and especially the operations of Philip Nitschke. …

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 …

Euthanasia Survey Admits Its Own Unreliability

Media Release 13 January 2017 Family First NZ is labelling a University of Auckland survey on attitudes to euthanasia as a weak incomplete survey with the authors drawing dubious conclusions by their own admission.    “This survey “Demographic and psychological correlates of New Zealanders support for euthanasia” should be ‘dead in the water’. It suggests support for euthanasia, but then by …

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 …

Police Correct To Investigate Promotion of Suicide

Media Release 27 October 2016 Family First NZ says that the police are absolutely correct to be investigating and shutting down the promotion of suicide in New Zealand, and especially the operations of Philip Nitschke. “Nitschke promotes suicide, has left a trail of destruction, and is evidence of just how far some euthanasia advocates will take an assisted suicide law …