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November 2011

Goff supports dying with dignity

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NZ Herald 11 Nov 2011
Labour leader Phil Goff is personally in favour of euthanasia, and believes it is an issue Parliament will have to tackle again.
Mr Goff told an audience of about 30 people at a Grey Power meeting in Papatoetoe yesterday he supported dying with dignity. “For myself, I always want to have the choice of dying with dignity. That’s my individual decision.”
Mr Goff was answering a question about doctors who sometimes choose not to resuscitate.
In conscience votes Mr Goff has twice voted in favour of bills allowing euthanasia – once in 1995 and again for the Death with Dignity Bill in 2003.
Both bills were eventually voted down. He said he would support another bill on euthanasia at least as far as a select committee.

Euthanasia case is a recipe for elder abuse

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Canada Newswire 9 Nov 2011
On November 14, 2011, trial will begin in Carter v. Attorney General of Canada, which seeks to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Last year, Parliament defeated a bill seeking a similar result. The vote was 228 to 59. EPC was an instrumental force in obtaining this overwhelming defeat. EPC and EPC – BC have intervenor standing in Carter. They oppose assisted suicide because legalization is a recipe for elder abuse and a threat to individual patient rights.
A recipe for elder abuse Will Johnston, a Vancouver physician and Chair of the EPC – BC states: “I see elder abuse in my practice, often perpetrated by family members and caregivers. A desire for money or an inheritance is typical. To make it worse, the victims protect the perpetrators.
In one case, an older woman knew that her son was robbing her blind and lied to protect him. Why? Family loyalty, shame, and fear that confronting the abuser will cost love and care. Under current law, abusers take their victims to the bank and to the lawyer for a new will. With legal assisted suicide, the next stop would be the doctor’s office for a lethal prescription. How exactly are we going to detect the victimization when we can’t do it now?”
If assisted suicide were to be legalized under Carter’s Amended Notice of Civil Claim, new paths of abuse would be created. A more obvious path is due to a lack of oversight when the lethal dose is administered. This situation creates an opportunity for a family member or someone else to administer the lethal dose to the patient without his consent. Even if he struggled, who could know?
Preventing elder abuse is official Government of Canada policy.

Key Says Euthanasia Should be ‘Discussed’

By | Recent News 3 Nov 2011
Prime Minister John Key believes parliament should debate euthanasia laws – but it won’t be the agenda of a second term National government.
His comments came in the wake of the conviction of scientist Sean Davison over the death of his mother.
…Key said his personal view is that there is ”an argument for us to look at this issue.”
But should National be re-elected at the end of the month ”it won’t be on the government’s agenda. ‘ ‘You’ll appreciate that’s a conscience issue and so it is up to every single MP,” he explained. ”The last vote that we had was on a members bill some years ago. I voted in favour of it going to the select committee. I can’t tell you how the rest of the National caucus would vote.”
He was referring to New Zealand First MP Peter Brown’s Death with Dignity Bill in 2003, which was defeated 60 to 57 votes.