Execution to euthanasia: Liberal worm turns

NZ Herald 5 January 2018 Family First Comment: Superb commentary from Dr Paul Moon… “One of the arguments in the 20th century that convinced many people of the error of executions was that occasionally, mistakes were made in judging someone guilty, and when it came to the death penalty, one mistake was one mistake too many. Recent overseas examples of …

Healthy 29 year-old woman is scheduled to die by euthanasia in the Netherlands.

29 year-old Dutch woman is scheduled to die by euthanasia for psychiatric reasons. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition 15 January 2018 Family First Comment: Disturbing… “Sarah (not her real name) lives in a small town in the east of the country. She struggles with severe psychological problems from an early age. She has borderline, does self-harm, hears voices, has psychoses and is …

David E. Richmond: In 40 years of terminal care I’ve never seen unmanageable suffering

NZ Herald 16 January 2018 Family First Comment: Well said Dr Richmond! A must-read. Make a submission against euthanasia – www.protect.org.nz • David E. Richmond is professor emeritus of geriatric medicine at the University of Auckland. Dr Havill’s opinion piece in last Tuesday’s Herald is a fine example of the genre of emotionalism he rails against in those who oppose …

Reverend questions euthanasia bill’s impact on te ao Māori

Radio NZ News 15 January 2018 Family First Comment: “Hospice New Zealand Māori advisory group chair Ria Earp said Māori were generally more open about death. “There is more of an ability and willingness to discuss death and dying and particularly how we care for our funeral services and how we care for grief.” Mrs Earp said Hospice New Zealand …

Doctor support for assisted suicide drops radically after legalisation (Canada)

No Euthanasia.org 11 January 2018 Family First Comment: This is significant. “Prior to the (Canadian) legislation being passed, 48% of doctors surveyed indicated a willingness to participate in assisted suicide, with a further 30% saying they would do so with certain conditions being met, making a total of 78% of doctors supporting legalised killing. After the legislation passed, these numbers …

Alastair Scott: End of Life Choice Bill will alter pillar of society

NZ Herald 8 January 2018 Family First Comment: “…However, it would also apply to those disadvantaged by age, physical or mental disability, sickness and poverty, and sadly those without the compassionate support of family. Ill health is known to affect mental health, happiness levels and the ability to see a future without pain or despair. In a depressed or affected …

Unequal protection

World News Group 28 May 2016 Family First Comment: “When you were the sickest in your life, how well were you thinking at that time? Not good, right? Now multiply that exponentially. … Put [the drugs] in a glass of beer, done. In that moment of weakness and difficulty and stress, done. … I don’t think I would have done that, but …

Assisted Suicide: How One Woman Chose to Die, Then Survived

In 1994, Jeannette Hall, a resident of King City, Ore., voted in favor of Ballot Measure 16, which for the first time in the United States, would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives through physician-assisted suicide. Six years later, she would be diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer. Doctors gave Hall, who was 55 at the time, two …

End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Nuk Korako (National)

Tēnā koe e Te Mana Whakawā. It was the late Ngati Porou kaumātua Amster Reedy who stated, “We bring people into this world. We care for them right from the time they are conceived, born, bred, in health, sickness, and death. The rituals still exist for every part of their lives.” Those rituals still will exist and we need to …