Man's cancer plight sparks euthanasia debate

By November 6, 2014 Recent News

Stuff 6 November 2014
A Christchurch father’s call for the right to end his life has reignited debate about assisted-suicide for the terminally ill.
Philip Broderick, 33, has the same type of brain cancer as American Brittany Maynard, who chose to end her life this week.
Palmerston North Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway said he would take the debate forward in Parliament with an assisted-dying members bill.
Broderick’s story was a strong argument in favour of giving people choice in the way their life ended, he said.
“I just philosophically believe that people should have choices and I am aware of a lot of people whose final time with their loved ones has been painful and difficult.”
Last year, former Labour MP Maryan Street withdrew her End of Life Choice Bill from the private member’s bill ballot.
Lees-Galloway said he had started canvassing fellow MPs on their position.