Dutch Euthanasia Proof of Recipe For Abuse

Media Release 3 March 2015 Family First NZ says that the NZ lecture tour by Dr Rob Jonquiere, a leader of the Dutch euthanasia movement, will ignore the mounting evidence from his own country that there’s no safe way to kill people and that assisted suicide will result in coercion and abuse, potentially resulting in a ‘duty to die’.   “International …

Assisted Suicide: A Beautiful Response to Brittany Maynard

There has been plenty of media coverage in NZ of the sad death of Brittany Maynard yesterday. Maynard, 29, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer, used her last month to advocate for “death with dignity.” But have you heard of Maggie Karner? Karner has the same diagnosis as Maynard: terminal brain cancer. She also received her diagnosis earlier this …

Euthanasia Report Warns of Elder Abuse & Coercion

Media Release 12 May 2014 A report on the history of the euthanasia debate in New Zealand and an examination of the law and the research evidence overseas warns of the potential for even greater levels of elder abuse if euthanasia were to be decriminalised in NZ. The Report “Killing Me Softly – Should Euthanasia Be Legalised?” by Professor Rex …

Belgium’s Euthanasia for Kids Sends Clear Warning

Media Release 14 Feb 2014 Family First NZ says that the passing of the child euthanasia law in Belgium sends a clear warning of just where these laws will end up, and NZ should reject any attempts by politicians to decriminalise euthanasia. “International evidence shows that deaths by assisted suicide and euthanasia have been increasing wherever the practices have been …

Death of Assisted Suicide Bill Welcomed

Media Release 26 September 2013 Family First NZ is welcoming the news that Labour MP Maryann Street has withdrawn her private members bill which would attempt to decriminalise assisted suicide or euthanasia.  “To legalise assisted suicide would place large numbers of vulnerable people at risk – in particular those who are depressed, elderly, sick, disabled, those experiencing chronic illness, limited …

Labour Should Ditch Assisted Suicide Bill Now

Media Release 19 July 2013 Family First NZ says that Labour MP Maryann Street should immediately withdraw her private members bill which is attempting to decriminalise assisted suicide or euthanasia. “To legalise assisted suicide would place large numbers of vulnerable people at risk – in particular those who are depressed, elderly, sick, disabled, those experiencing chronic illness, limited access to good medical …

Focus Should Be Right to Care, Not Right To Die

Family First Media Release 29 April 2012 Family First NZ says that any bill to decriminalise euthanasia would lead to disabled, sick and elderly  people coming to be viewed as a burden upon the taxpayer, society and their families – and that it would send a dangerous message to young people about suicide and the value of life. “A Sunday …