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 …

Police Correct To Protect NZ’ers From Dr Death

Media Release 17 October 2016 Family First NZ says that the police are absolutely correct to be raiding and shutting down the operations of Philip Nitschke aka Dr Death in New Zealand. “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 if it was …

Euthanasia ‘Slippery Slope’ Confirmed in Netherlands

Media Release 13 October 2016 Family First NZ says that the Netherlands has confirmed just how slippery the slope is relating to so-called safeguards around assisted suicide. The Dutch government has just announced that it intends to draft a law that would legalise assisted suicide for people who feel they have “completed life”, but are not necessarily terminally ill. “Countries …

Green’s ‘Assisted Suicide’ Policy Ignores Important Inquiry

Media Release 22 September 2016 Family First NZ is slamming a Green Party policy on euthanasia which has been released at the same time as a major inquiry on assisted suicide gets under way with representation on the select Committee from the Greens themselves. “It is significant that while Green MP Kevin Hague says that there has been ‘political timidity’, …

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 …

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 …