Labour-NZ First coalition deal increases odds of voluntary euthanasia referendum

Stuff co.nz 24 October 2017 Family First Comment: Don’t get too excited. The last time Winston Peters asked MPs to give referendum to the people on a contentious issue (allowing a referendum on same-sex marriage) he lost 33 – 85. Politicians don’t like sharing the power. #democracy? The issue of whether to legalise voluntary euthanasia looks increasingly likely to go …

Australian health professionals say no to euthanasia

No Euthanasia.org 11 October 2017 From all around Australia, 383 health professional have signed a statement rejecting assisted suicide and euthanasia, reaffirming the role of doctors, nurses and allied health as saving lives and providing real care and support for those who are suffering. Read their statement below: We endorse the views of the World Medical Association that physician assisted …

The slippery slope of euthanasia – The Evidence

Euthanasia: a failure of memory and imagination MercatorNet 28 September 2017 Family First Comment: Part of a larger article on the problems of euthanasia – but shows the clear evidence that the slippery slope is well and truly greased by passing assisted suicide laws Pro-euthanasia advocates also deny the reality of the slippery slopes it’s opened up in the Netherlands …

Press Release: Physicians reject license to kill

Media Release – American College of Pediatricians 20 September 2017 Family First Comment: A superb response from medical professionals in the USA. “Physicians recognize that every attempted suicide is a desperate cry for help. Depression, even suicidal depression, is eminently treatable. Depression in the context of terminal illness is likewise treatable. It is absurd to carve out “terminal” as a special …

VALUE YOUR VOTE 2017: Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide

One of the main reasons that politicians have rejected previous attempts to decriminalise assisted suicide / euthanasia is that they realised that ‘safeguards’, while sounding good, would not guarantee the protection required for vulnerable people including the disabled, elderly, depressed or anxious, and those who feel themselves to be a burden or are under financial pressure. The international evidence backs …

Narelle Henson: Complex matters of life and death

Stuff co.nz 15 September 2017 Family First Comment: “If our fight against suicide is to be effective we simply must be able to explain why some physical suffering justifies death while the mental torture that is severe depression, or bipolar, or schizophrenia, does not. Don’t all involve horrendous, prolonged mental or physical pain? Don’t all involve loss of dignity at …

How the Media Promote (Some) Suicides

First Things 1 September 2017 Family First Comment: An excellent insight….. “When some suicides are promoted in media, law, and popular culture as a social good—as assisted suicides are—that can have an unintended effect on suicidal people who do not qualify for “assistance” under the law…. “Due in part to the media’s promotion campaign, suicide has become a siren song …

Specialist to enhance palliative services at hospice in Nelson

Stuff co.nz 28 August 2017 Family First Comment: Care – not killing. Hospice is often thought of as a final refuge; a place where people spend their last days. But as the service evolves it is offering much more than that. Nelson Tasman Hospice’s first palliative medicine specialist Dr Jodie Battley said late-stage care was still a core part of …

Voluntary euthanasia bill won’t be debated before election

TVNZ One News 10 August 2017 Family First Comment: Oh dear. How sad. Never mind. We will survive  😊 http://www.rejectassistedsuicide.nz David Seymour’s voluntary euthanasia bill won’t be debated before parliament is dissolved on August 22. Yesterday was the last member’s bill day before dissolution and it was nowhere near the top of the agenda for a first reading. When the …