Euthanasia campaign rides surge of support

By March 3, 2015 Recent News

Stuff 4 March 2015
A former Labour MP whose proposed voluntary euthanasia bill was discarded by her party is back fighting for the right to die.
Maryan Street – who proposed and championed the End-of-Life Choice Bill when she was an MP in the last Parliament – is now at the forefront of a campaign, along with the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand, that would allow doctors to help terminally ill adult patients end their suffering.
The society and Street claim Parliament needs to debate a law change in the wake of widespread support for euthanasia.
“We want MPs to see that there is a great deal of public support for this bill,” Street said. “We would like the petition to be heard by the health select committee. It could prepare the way for an MP to put the End-of-Life Choice Bill back in the ballot.”
After Street failed to return to Parliament as a list MP last year, her bill was taken up by Labour colleague Iain Lees-Galloway, the MP for Palmerston North. However, new Labour leader Andrew Little told him to drop it as the party had more pressing issues to attend to.