Groups oppose 'legal homicide'

By November 13, 2014 Recent News

Stuff 13 November 2014
Anti-euthanasia advocates have expressed disappointment as Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway considers putting the End of Life Choice bill to the ballot.
The purpose of the bill is to give people a choice to end their lives or receive medical assistance to die under certain circumstances, such as terminal illness.
The bill was initially put forward by former Labour Party MP Maryan Street, but has been picked up by Lees-Galloway.
Right to Life, an anti-euthanasia group, has expressed its disappointment, saying the bill would essentially “legalise homicide”.
Spokesman Ken Orr said it was “deplorable” that MPs thought they had the right to change the medical profession. “Those who want this bill passed are imposing their views on the rest of the community.”
The bill would undermine palliative care, the process of dealing with those who are terminally ill, he said. “Everybody has the right to die with dignity.”