by Jonathan Hatfield, The New Zealand Herald, 27 March 2018
Assisted dying is a vague term and could mean no more than the important service of rearranging the pillows for a dying person.
The End of Life Choice Bill talks of assisted dying but with no indication of how this is to happen until the last major paragraph of the extensive explanatory notes. There, as part of a much longer sentence, the bill finally says,’ the medical practitioner must administer it,” and so, in six words it defines assisted dying as euthanasia in the present meaning of the word.
If we are to debate and reach conclusions about this important subject, we must have a clear idea about what we are debating. Clarity is therefore important.
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