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 …

Media Blasted For Bias In Euthanasia Debate

Media Release 16 November 2015 Family First NZ is welcoming a ruling by the Broadcasting Standards Authority that TVNZ’s Seven Sharp breached broadcasting standards in its recent coverage of the euthanasia issue. Seven Sharp featured the story of a terminally ill woman who was a long-standing voluntary euthanasia campaigner.   “This is not the first time that the state broadcaster has …

Euthanasia Bill Pre-Empts Important National Conversation

Media Release 14 October 2015 Family First NZ says that a private members bill by ACT MP David Seymour on euthanasia is premature, and pre-empts an important national conversation that is just getting under way regarding assisted suicide and the ending of one’s life. “David Seymour should wait for the Inquiry that he supported to be completed. Rather than a …

Launch of protect.org.nz to Oppose Euthanasia

Media Release 17 Sep 2015 Family First NZ has launched a website dedicated to helping families oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide, and to help them make a submission to the inquiry being carried out by Parliament’s Health Committee. “Yet another push to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide is currently underway in New Zealand. This resource will help families speak up …

Focus on Suicide In Euthanasia Review Welcomed

Media Release 27 August 2015 Family First NZ is welcoming the broad inquiry into voluntary euthanasia to be carried out by Parliament’s Health Committee. “It makes absolute sense to us to take a broad approach and to place euthanasia within the wider debate about the premature ending of one’s life. There has always been a concern about conflicting messages being …

Support For Euthanasia Decreases As Harms Revealed

Media Release 28 July 2015 Family First NZ says that latest Research NZ poll on euthanasia reveals a welcome decrease in support for euthanasia from its previous poll, and believes that support for a law change will continue to fall as the experiences of overseas jurisdictions highlight the harms and abuse of such law changes. “What this poll does highlight …

Care Alliance Responds to Lecretia Seales’ death

Family First NZ is a member of the Care Alliance. In response to the sad death of Lecretia Seales, the following statement was released The Care Alliance expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lecretia Seales as they remember her life and mourn her death. While we found ourselves on different sides of an important public issue, …

FAMILY MATTERS: EUTHANASIA – ARE YOU READY FOR THE DEBATE?

Euthanasia (or assisted suicide) has certainly been in the media a lot lately. There is a strong push for it to be decriminalised in NZ as has happened in a few overseas countries. Are you ready for this debate? Do you know the key arguments for euthanasia and how to counter them? Can you define ‘euthanasia’? (There is a lot …

Simplistic Euthanasia Poll Ignores Obvious Harms

Media Release 15 April 2015 Family First NZ says that a Research NZ poll on euthanasia misrepresents the real effect of decriminalising euthanasia and is far too simplistic. “By only asking about the scenario of a ‘painful incurable disease’, the poll question misrepresents not only the real effects of changes to euthanasia laws as evidenced by similar law changes overseas …

Dying with Dignity Lies In Love and Best Palliative Care

Media Release 21 March 2015 Family First NZ says that the heartbreaking situation that Lecretia Seales faces should not be solved in the courtroom or by a change in law, but through the guarantee of the best palliative care that the country can offer her and others in a similar situation. “Patients facing death have a fundamental human right to …