MPs Voting ‘Blind’ On Euthanasia Bill

By June 27, 2019 Media Releases

Media Release 27 June 2019
Family First NZ says that MPs have had to vote ‘blind’ on a bill labelled by the Select Committee as “not workable in its present state”.

“The assisted suicide bill has more than 100 amendments (SOPs) to be considered to try and make the bill ‘workable’. This may reassure some MPs who voted Yes in the 2nd Reading, but it is far more likely to result in many MPs withdrawing their support by the 3rd Reading,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“This Bill is just as much of a mess after the Select Committee process as it was before. The Committee was given 16 months to study the bill, hear submissions, and try to fix it. They simply couldn’t, because it’s a flawed, dangerous bill.”

“This means our work has really just begun. The bill is likely to be significantly different by the time it is considered for its 3rd Reading.”

“ACT MP David Seymour’s significant backdowns on the bill last year also indicate just how weak and flawed the bill is. The backdowns are certainly in contrast to his earlier attacks, including his statements that There’s just so much scaremongering that doesn’t stand up to evidence and One of the biggest obstacles are MPs who are not in touch with their electorates…and also MPs who may have been coloured by some of the scare-mongering from the other side.”

“Even if the bill was limited to just the terminally ill, some people will be euthanised on account of a disease they thought they had but did not. Prognosis is an uncertain procedure. Many people know or have heard of a person who, having been given a pessimistic prognosis, has lived for many years to tell the tale. There will be those who decide for euthanasia on the basis of an unduly pessimistic prognosis or disability. There is also concrete evidence from those countries which have authorised euthanasia that the availability and application of euthanasia expands to situations never initially envisaged as indications for it.”

“The promotion of assisted suicide is a message that will be heard not just by those with a terminal illness but also by anyone tempted to think he or she can no longer cope with their suffering – whatever the nature of that suffering. This is the real risk to young and to vulnerable people, the disabled and the elderly people if NZ follows the path of promoting – and allowing – assisted suicide.”


  • Ken Orr says:

    Parliament has no authority to repeal the fifth commandment of God;”Thou shalt not kill.” We should not be discouraged by the passing of this life threatening bill at its second reading as a culture of life will ultimately prevail. In God we trust.

  • Kathryn Robertson says:

    Like a glittering diamond, this End of Life Bill has many facets and all of them are flawed.

    I contacted my local MP.He voted Yes..Hopefully by the third reading it will be No.

    Just loved Ken Orr’s comment.

    And to you,Bob,I say “Thankyou. Well done,keep up the good work,good and faithful

  • Barbara Doig says:

    Good work Bob. Be encouraged as you work for what is right in a crooked world. Every blessing.

  • Eileen says:

    Thank goodness for Maggy Barry – a lone voice it seems. Keep up the good work Bob and your staff

  • Hugh Wilson says:

    Death is not the answer to the problems of life. This applies to suicide and abortion alike. Thank you Bob and the team for providing resources to those in the fight for life and hope. And thank God for the MP’s who don’t just vote against this bill, but speak up for, and work for, a nation of New Zealand that chooses life.

  • Paul and Margaret says:

    Hi Bob,
    We would like to encourage you and your team for the amazing work you are doing in keeping us informed and up to date regarding what is taking place in our Parliament with this insidious assisted suicide Bill .
    We asked our National MP to continue to vote against it and she sent us a very nice reply to assure us that she would vote NO however no reply from Labour’s MP who is in favour of the Bill and voted YES which is disappointing ☹️being our representative in Christchurch Central .