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October 2013

Coroner urges MPs to decide on euthanasia

By | Recent News 15 October 2013
A coroner is calling for Parliament to make up its mind about euthanasia after an elderly woman chose to suffocate herself with a handmade contraption in her Lower Hutt home.
Widow Edna Gluyas, 85, waited for her family to leave from a visit and lay down in her bed for a final time, alone, before setting in motion the process that would kill her on August 3, 2011.
Less than two hours later, her daughter returned to find her dead by what Wellington Regional Coroner Ian Smith has determined “euthanasia by suffocation”.
In his report, Smith calls for Parliament to confront the issue of euthanasia – a topic that has long been dodged.
“Once again this death raises the vexed issue of euthanasia and, as I have recorded in past cases, this process simply will not go away, and it will be necessary for Parliament to address this matter yet again.”
Gluyas lived alone, in a suburban street in Belmont. Her husband had died in 1988. She was a firm believer in euthanasia, had attended seminars, and owned a book on the subject.

Euthanasia backed in poll

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Northern Advocate 10 October 2013
More than 60 per cent of Whangarei residents want euthanasia legalised in some form while 85 per cent want changes to cannabis laws, a survey has found.
The research, carried out by Whangarei MP Phil Heatley, has surprised the National party MP, who traditionally votes along conservative lines and said the results will have him considering his stance on euthanasia.
But Bob McCoskrie, national director of conservative lobby group Family First, said the survey results on cannabis were at odds with national polls and he would oppose any attempt to decriminalise assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Mr Heatley has just released the outcome of his electorate survey where he sent questions to 7000 households in the electorate covering issues such as euthanasia, cannabis legislation, barriers stopping the district progressing, plans for unitary authorities and the biggest problems in the area.
He received 977 responses.
On euthanasia 46 per cent wanted it legalised for medical purposes only and 20 per cent wanted it legalised, with 20 per cent saying it should remain illegal and 9 per cent undecided. With cannabis, 62 per cent thought it should be legal, 23 per cent wanted it legalised for medical purposes only and 15 per cent wanted it to remain illegal.

Belgium Euthanasia – Unhappy with sex change

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Daily Mail 1 October 2013
A Belgian transsexual has chosen to die by euthanasia after a botched sex change operation to complete his transformation into a man left him a ‘monster’.
Nathan Verhelst, 44, died yesterday afternoon after being allowed have his life ended on the grounds of  ‘unbearable psychological suffering’.
It is understood to be the first time someone in Belgium has chosen euthanasia after a sex-change, and comes soon after it emerged that it is now the cause of nearly one in 50 deaths in the country.
Mr Verhelst died after a lethal injection administered by the same doctor who last year ended the lives of congenitally deaf twins who were also going blind.