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 …

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 …