End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Simon O’Connor (National)

I believe this is a sad day for the House. We are here talking about the State sanctioning killing of New Zealanders. This bill suggests that suicide is a solution under certain circumstances, and I stand today to reject this. I spent two and a bit years chairing the Health Committee as over 21,000 Kiwis from across the spectrum spoke …

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

I rise to oppose this bill, principally for the reason that this House has defeated such legislation twice in the last two decades, and it is this: it removes a principle at the core of the law written to protect everybody, and particularly the most vulnerable, and that is the blanket prohibition against taking the life of another. That is …

End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Aupito William Sio (Labour)

Thank you, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity. I want to, firstly, acknowledge that there are people in the stands here who have taken great interest in this issue. I also want to acknowledge that there are people listening to this debate, and I just want to acknowledge that this is an issue where many people have a variety of views. …

End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Maggie Barry (National)

Thank you, Mr Speaker. There’s been a lot of talk tonight about choice, with this bill, and how important it is for people to have choice. But I ask you to pause and consider this all very carefully indeed. To give choice to some is to take away the choice of thousands of others, and this is the kind of …

My wife reversed her Do Not Resuscitate order – I can’t support euthanasia

Stuff co.nz 27 December 2017 It is likely New Zealanders will be asked to vote in the next three years in a referendum on assisted suicide, or the End of Life Choice Bill. There is a danger that, having been inundated with stories of loved ones dying in lingering pain, the normally empathetic Kiwi public will end up voting on …

What is euthanasia?

Many people confuse euthanasia with other end-of-life choices. Here’s a summary of what is and isn’t euthanasia.

End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Chris Penk (National)

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I rise to speak against this bill. At the heart of this bill is the question of choice, and yet we must all acknowledge that assisted suicide, or euthanasia, by whatever name we call it, is a choice to end all choices. It is, by definition, irreversible, the end; that it shares with any other form …

Comatose woman unexpectedly awakens in time for Christmas, asks for water

LifeSite News 22 December 2017 Sheila Lewis was in a coma and hadn’t had anything to eat or drink for 12 days. Her family expected her to die, but instead she woke up and asked for a glass of water. Now she’ll be able to celebrate Christmas with her family. On Labor Day, Sheila, a grandmother, began to rapidly lose …

Wendi Wicks: Justice committee members all voted for Seymour’s bill

NZ Herald 22 December 2017 • Wendi Wicks is convener of Not Dead Yet Aotearoa, a group of disabled people who do not support the legalisation of euthanasia or assisted suicide in New Zealand. Family First Comment: A very good analysis of the ‘dodgy’ stuff that happened in Parliament last week with the 1st Reading on euthanasia… Disturbing. “This bill …