by Thomas Coughlan, Newsroom, 22 May 2018
The euthanasia bill risks sending a message to the disabled that their lives are valued less than the lives of abled-bodied New Zealanders, the Disability Rights Commissioner says.
She argued that the inclusion of disabled people in the legislation sent a message that disabled lives were not worth living.
Tesoriero said that a suicidal disabled person who met the Bill’s criteria would be allowed to end their life, whereas an abled-bodied person who also wanted to end their life would be given social support and counselling and would be prohibited from assisted suicide.
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