Simon O’Connor: Why we didn’t back euthanasia bill

NZ Herald 10 August 2017 Family First Comment: Superb commentary. Thank you Simon. Throughout this term of Parliament it has been my privilege to serve as chair of the health committee. Over the last two years, it has been my responsibility to lead the inquiry into assisted suicide and euthanasia as requested by a petition to Parliament. I led a …

Hospice NZ release on the report

Media Release – Hospice NZ 4 August 2017 Hospice NZ has welcomed the report of the Health Select Committee’s investigation into the desire to end one’s life, which was tabled in the House earlier this week. “We support the committee’s comments urging the Government to find ways to raise awareness of the benefits of palliative care and address equity of …

No advice from assisted dying report

NewsHub 2 August 2017 Not a single recommendation has been made by Parliament’s health select committee after hearing more than 21,000 submissions on public attitudes toward legalising assisted dying. Four in five people who contacted the committee during an investigation of public attitudes toward euthanasia legislation were opposed to the idea. The committee has spent several years investigating public views …

Care Alliance Welcomes Health Select Committee Report

Media Release – Care Alliance 2 August 2017 The Care Alliance has welcomed the report of the Health Select Committee’s investigation into the desire to end one’s life, which was tabled in the House today. “The Committee received nearly 22,000 unique written submissions and heard nearly 1,000 oral submissions,” said Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance. “While eighty percent …

Kiwis’ opposition to euthanasia outweighs support in select committee report

TVNZ One News 2 August 2017 Family First Comment: “Outweighs”? Yeah – by 4 to 1. #gameover After spending more than two years hearing submissions and public opinions on assisted dying, parliament’s health select committee has released its findings without a single recommendation. Four in five people who contacted the committee during an investigation of public attitudes toward euthanasia legislation …

Assisted suicide legalization fails in the US in 2017

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition 31 July 2017 Family First Comment: Contrary to the rhetoric that you may hear through the media! “This increase in the number of attempts to legalize assisted suicide is notable due to the fact that such bills have greater than a 99 percent failure rate. Only three have been signed into law in the last 23 years. …

Insurers would pay ‘assisted death’ claims

Stuff co.nz 30 July 2017 Deeply conservative life insurers could cope with voluntary euthanasia, should it become legal in New Zealand. But MPs may have to pass laws to ensure insurers always pay up in cases where terminally ill people opt for medical aid to end their suffering. The fourth attempt at legalising voluntary euthanasia has made headlines, though isn’t …

Dutch Euthanasia – Dutch doctor drugged patient’s coffee and got family to hold her down

Daily Mail 28 January 2017 Family First Comment: The Netherlands introduced the euthanasia law 17 years ago, and since then more than 5,500 people have ended their life, arguing that they are suffering unbearably. One of those who died was a sex abuse victim who suffered severe anorexia, chronic depression and hallucinations, and another was a severe alcoholic. #slipperyslope A …

Care Alliance Launches ‘Ten Questions For David Seymour’ Campaign

Media Release – Care Alliance 12 July 2017 Family First Comment: The first question, released today, is ‘Why 18 years of age?’. This question highlights the inconsistency of Mr Seymour’s argument that euthanasia is ‘compassionate’. If killing is so kind, why not make it available for children as they do in Belgium and the Netherlands? In 2013 Maryan Street said …