Category: News

Simon O’Connor: Why we didn’t back euthanasia bill

by Simon O’Connor, The New Zealand Herald, 10 August 2017 Simon O’Connor is National MP for Tamaki and chaired Parliament’s Health Select Committee, which has recommended no action be taken on the petition of Maryan Street and 8,974 others to allow medically-assisted dying in the event of terminal illness or unbearable suffering. I recognise that some… Read more »

Elder abuse on the rise in step with galloping property prices

by Graham Hill, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 August 2017 Dr Graham Hill is the chairman of National Legal Aid, the peak body representing legal aid commissions in all states and territories. Growing numbers of older people are being pressured by adult children to guarantee enormous loans. The pressure on older people can be immense. Adult children… Read more »

I Oppose Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Because It Is Ableist

by Carol Cleigh Sutton, Not Dead Yet, 15 August 2017 Ms Sutton is a disability activist, and was a founding board member of the United States group Not Dead Yet when it formed in 1996. The very heart of the argument for assisted suicide/euthanasia (AS/E) is that an individual may be better off dead than… Read more »

Australia: Voters ‘wary of rushing euthanasia laws, don’t trust MPs to get it right’

by Rebecca Urban, The Australian, 27 July 2017 Ms Urban reports on a recent poll in Victoria, Australia which shows that most people “have serious reservations about the impending ­introduction of voluntary euthanasia laws, and most do not trust the state’s politicians to oversee a decision on the contentious issue”. The statewide poll, conducted by anti-euthanasia lobby HOPE… Read more »

Care Alliance Welcomes Health Select Committee Report

by Care Alliance, 2 August 2017 The Care Alliance has welcomed the report of the Health Select Committee’s investigation into the desire to end one’s life, which was tabled in the House today. “The Committee received nearly 22,000 unique written submissions and heard nearly 1,000 oral submissions,” said Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance…. Read more »

10 Questions for David Seymour: #10

by Care Alliance, 25 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #10. Would a person with chronic arthritis be eligible? Those eligible for euthanasia under the David Seymour Bill include people who are not terminally ill. A person… Read more »

10 Questions for David Seymour: #9

by Care Alliance, 24 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #9. Why is assisted suicide seen as a compassionate act for young disabled people when suicide is seen as a tragedy for other young people? Not… Read more »

John Fox: Assisted dying devalues the disabled

by John Fox, The Spinoff, 18 July 2017 Dr Fox is a trustee of the Elevate Christian Disability Trust. One of my first memories is pain. It was my first hospital operation, a corrective surgery to make it easier to walk. People advanced on four year old me to remove my cast and mobilise my… Read more »

Baroness Warnock: Dementia sufferers may have a ‘duty to die’

by Martin Beckford, The Telegraph, 18 September 2008 Nine years ago Mr Beckford reported on the musings of Baroness Warnock, Britain’s ‘leading moral philosopher’ and ‘veteran Government adviser’. Lady Warnock said: “If you’re demented, you’re wasting people’s lives – your family’s lives – and you’re wasting the resources of the National Health Service. “I’m absolutely,… Read more »

10 Questions for David Seymour: #8

by Care Alliance, 21 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #8 How does this not undermine suicide prevention efforts? Click here if you or someone you know needs help. Since euthanasia was legalised in the Netherlands… Read more »