3News 6 November 2014
Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway is taking up the mantle of a bill belonging to a former colleague, which would legalise voluntary euthanasia.
The Palmerston North MP offered to pick up Maryan Street’s End of Life Choice Bill, which she withdrew last year in fear of it becoming a political football during an election year.
Mr Lees-Galloway is still in the process of gauging support for the assisted-suicide members’ bill with other MPs, because it would likely be put to a conscience vote – meaning MPs would not have to vote along party lines.
“At this stage, I don’t know where MPs will stand on it – we’ve got a lot of new MPs whose names I don’t even know yet.
“But I’m hoping people might be interested in getting it to select committee so we can have that open debate,” he says.
The debate has gained prominence again following the case of US woman Brittany Maynard whose video about planning to kill herself on November 1 went viral.