Euthanasia bill slammed

By March 8, 2018 Recent News

Disability Rights Commissioner opposes assisted dying bill
Stuff 7 March 2018
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The Disability Rights Commissioner says the euthanasia bill currently being considered by Parliament undermines years of work.

Paula Tesoriero said David Seymour’s private member’s the End of Life Choice Bill, which was currently before the Justice Select Committee, undermined years of work to change perceptions of disabled people, and posed significant risks to them.

Tesoriero has outlined her concerns regarding the bill in a submission to the select committee. The window to submit a written submission on the bill closed midnight on Tuesday. More than 14,000 submissions were received.

“Much of the discussion so far has centred around the bill allowing people with a terminal illness to end their life on their own terms,” Tesoriero said.

“However, this bill has wider implications for the disability community – it is not just limited to terminal illness.”

Before the country legislated choice in death, it needed to work towards ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, all people had the same freedom of choice in life.