Forum On The Family 2018: Dr John Fox

Dr John Fox has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Auckland. He has been an academic, worked in family and community restoration, public policy, and children’s and youth work. He is the uncle and brother of adopted children, a son, a disabled person with spastic hemiplegia, a human being, and an Anglican seminarian. He specialises in good …

Helpful or harmful: euthanasia debate comes to Manawatū

Stuff co.nz 23 August 2018 Family First Comment: The Select Committee are hearing the message loud and clear – reject assisted suicide. Reject Seymour’s bill. www.Protect.org.nz A Manawatū union organiser says proposed euthanasia legislation could force older, sick or mentally ill people into feeling pressured to end their lives. Dion Martin, of Palmerston North, says the controversial End of Life Choice …

Disabilities Commissioner concerned about End of Life Choice bill

Radio NZ News 17 August 2018 Family First Comment: Yet more legitimate concerns about a flawed and dangerous bill. “A person under the bill could easily meet the threshold, but could be profoundly affected by things like depression or other factors, there’s no requirement for the physician to consider conditions that might affect the person’s judgement or decision making,” she …

No human dignity in killing or being killed

Stuff co.nz 17 August 2018 Family First Comment: Well said, Carolyn (who also writes for Mercatornet) “‘Finishing people off’ may suit our current individualistic, utilitarian, impatient culture, but it will degrade us all in the end.” www.Protect.org.nz To ask ‘Should Kiwis have a right to die with dignity?’ demonstrates exactly what is wrong with the framing of this discussion by euthanasia …

Leyonhjelm’s assisted suicide bill narrowly defeated in Senate

Sydney Morning Herald 15 August 2018 Family First Comment: Well done Australia. Great news! Now it’s NZ’s turn. www.protect.org.nz A private member’s bill that would have cleared the way for assisted suicide to be legalised across Australia has been defeated. The bill, introduced by Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm, was defeated by 36 to 34 votes after two days …

‘In this bill there are no consequences’ – Sir Bill English

TVNZ One News 16 August 2018 Family First Comment: Sir Bill also spoke about youth suicide and the “hypocrisy” the bill could create. “I’ve seen youth suicide upfront. Young people have a nose for adult hypocrisy. How can we say to them, it’s a bad thing for a young person to think about taking their life, but a great, progressive …

The path to assisted dying in Victoria

Radio NZ News 16 August 2018 The wording of proposed euthanasia legislation should be tightened to ensure it only applies to the terminally ill, members of an Australian advisory panel say. Parliament’s justice select committee is nearing the end of a nationwide tour hearing submissions on the controversial End of Life Choice Bill. The committee will hear from people at …

Children are being euthanised in Belgium

NZ Herald 7 August 2018 Family First Comment: The 11y/o had cystic fibrosis – but treatment enables people to live to their 30’s and longer. “Everywhere else in the world, the law reflects powerful human intuitions, moral and practical: that it is wrong to abandon hope for a person so early in life, no matter the illness; that it is …

JJ’s final days – and why he campaigned against euthanasia

During our oral submission against David Seymour’s euthanasia bill, we referenced JJ Hanson.  J.J. Hanson, 35, is a former Marine from New York’s Hudson Valley who did a tour in Iraq. In 2014 doctors discovered he had stage 4 glioblastoma (GBM), one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer—and the same kind of cancer that assisted suicide advocate Brittany Maynard …

Bruce Logan: Euthanasia is Freedom’s Counterfeit

Bruce Logan 25 July 2018 Bruce Logan warns us that contrary to the libertarian credentials of ACT’s David Seymour, euthanasia will encourage the old, disadvantaged & disabled to undervalue themselves, and will actually decrease individual freedom. David Seymour, the ACT member for Parliament and sponsor of the Euthanasia Bill claims libertarian credentials (Herald, July 3). Excellent. One could say a number …