Lecretia 'wouldn't have chosen voluntary euthanasia'

By October 25, 2016 Recent News

NZ Herald 14 October 2016
The parents of the voluntary euthanasia campaigner, the late Lecretia Seales, doubt she would have chosen to die by that method, even if she had won the court case to obtain the right.
Shirley and Larry Seales today spoke to MPs on Parliament’s health select committee, which is hearing submissions on the idea of a law change to permit medically-assisted dying for people with a terminal illness or irreversible condition which makes life unbearable.
They were among nearly 150 people scheduled to speak to the MPs in Auckland, who split into three panels because of the volume of submissions.
A Wellington lawyer, Lecretia died aged 42 last year of a brain tumour, soon after a High Court judge rejected her bid for the legal right for a doctor to help end her life.
Her widower, Matt Vickers, and other supporters presented the petition of more than 8000 people for an investigation of public views on the issue, leading to the committee’s inquiry.
The Seales, of Tauranga, in a submission read by Shirley, told the hearing that, like Lecretia, they believed in the sanctity of life. They also believed terminally ill people should not have to suffer intolerable pain and should have the right to a dignified death.
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