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Euthanasia ‘objectionable and dangerous’

by Stacey Kirk, Stuff, 2 November 2016

Ms Kirk reports on the continuing oral submissions to the Health Select Committee investigation of the desire to end one’s life, including Care Alliance member Family First.

Suicide is an “objectionable and dangerous idea”, says Family First; one that Parliament’s Health Select Committee should not be entertaining. 

Spokesman Bob McCoskrie was speaking to MPs leading a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia, which has garnered a record 21,000 public submissions. 

The committee was working through those submissions – 1800 of which requested to be heard in person.

Just over a fortnight ago, Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall released New Zealand’s yearly suicide statistics, which saw an overall increase in cases of suicide – record 564 people in the year to July 30. 

“We’re having more discussion here, which is a good thing. But Judge Marshall said we needed more discussion about suicide prevention.

“In complete contrast, this inquiry was initiated and has been driven by a desire to promote assisted suicide. 

“You don’t discourage suicide, by assisting suicide,” McCoskrie said. 

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