Labour MP drops euthanasia bill

By December 15, 2014 Recent News

NZ Herald 15 December 2014
A bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little.
Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill before deciding whether to return it to the private members’ bill ballot.
But Mr Little confirmed yesterday that he had told Mr Lees-Galloway not to put it in the ballot because it was not an issue Labour should be focused on when it was rebuilding.
“It comes down to priorities at the moment,” Mr Little said. “We are very much focused on … jobs and economic security.
“There are more people affected by weak labour market regulation and weak economic strategy than they are about the right to make explicit choices about how they die.”
The bill would have allowed any adult suffering from a condition likely to cause their death within 12 months to request medical assistance to die.
Labour dumps right to die bill  
Stuff 15 December 2014 
Labour is dropping a bill that would allow voluntary euthanasia, to focus on one that will ban employers placing workers on “zero-hour” contracts.
The party’s labour spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway has jettisoned his End Of Life Choice bill, which he inherited from former MP Maryan Street.
Street withdrew her bill from the ballot in September last year, for fear it would become too controversial an issue ahead of this year’s election.
Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support to return it to the private members bill ballot, but dropped it at the request of leader Andrew Little.
It would have changed laws to give people a choice to end their lives or receive medical assistance to die under certain circumstances, such as terminal illness.