Politicians shy away from 'risky' euthanasia issue

By March 23, 2015 Recent News

Stuff co.nz 23 March 2015
Politicians are lagging a long way behind public opinion on euthanasia but refuse to debate the issue because of the political risk, says a Green Party MP.
A prominent Wellington lawyer is looking to set a legal precedent by asking the High Court to allow her to die on her own terms.
Lecretia Seales, 41, a public law specialist, is dying of an inoperable brain tumour and is petitioning to uphold her right to die at the time of her choosing
Both the Government and Labour were steering well clear of any policy around the legalisation of euthanasia, but Green Party MP Kevin Hague said their position came down to the issue being too controversial and divisive.
The chances of the Government addressing it were greater if an organisation, such as the Law Commission, led public consultation on euthanasia, he said.
“That would kind of relieve some of the political risk that I know governments are scared of.”
This isn’t the first time the debate has surfaced.