Lecretia Seales' case to live at peace with the way she will die

By May 18, 2015 Recent News

Stuff co.nz 16 May 2015
Terminally ill Wellington woman Lecretia Seales wants to live as long as possible, but not at any cost.
Time is not on her side. She has already used several weeks of a predicted lifespan of up to 18 months, but perhaps much shorter.
Faced with a brain tumour that medicine can no longer fight she has the cruel choice to suicide prematurely while she still can unaided, or face intolerable suffering.
Seales, 42, says there is a third option of having a doctor help her to die, which would likely be a later and more peaceful death than if she kills herself., Suicide might be painful, violent and perhaps even ineffective.
She is asking a judge to clarify the law around “aid in dying”. A favourable answer from the High Court at Wellington will free her general practitioner to help her.
In her working life Seales is a lawyer for the Law Commission, a body that promotes the systematic review, reform and development of the law in New Zealand.
It is fitting then that this senior legal and policy adviser should want to know where she, and her doctor, stand legally.