Euthanasia 'fundamentally selfish'

By February 20, 2014 Recent News 17 December 2013
I write this submission as the 33-year-old father of a lovely 7-month-old baby girl.
I was born in New Zealand and with the exception of occasional overseas trips have lived my entire life here. I have no intention of living anywhere else.
I work in secondary education and see my role in life as being to contribute to the well-being and development of my country of birth.
For all these reasons I am profoundly disturbed by many of the comments about euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) that I have read on this page.
Although it is impossible to read these stories of illness and loneliness without recognising the depth of feeling that underlies them, none of these pro-euthanasia accounts ask why it is that the New Zealand Medical Association has consistently opposed efforts to introduce euthanasia to this country.
The vast majority of physicians do not want to be involved in killing people or in helping them to kill themselves. To require them to do so is to change the primary meaning of medicine as a healing profession. It is fundamentally dishonest to present killing as an act of therapy or healing.