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Why I changed my mind on euthanasia

By Chris Ford, Newsroom, May 27 2019

Chris Ford explains why he’s now firmly in the ‘no’ camp on the voluntary euthanasia legislation.

The way in which society views disabled people is still largely negative and any introduction of euthanasia laws might further diminish our standing in the eyes of wider New Zealand society.

Wouldn’t the legislation be an effective weapon in a time of economic austerity when spending on social services would be even tighter than it is now? One could imagine that deeper future cuts to health and disability services, for example, would see many more disabled people placed under even greater pressure by both government and wider society to feel worthless and a burden.

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Leading Disability Rights Campaigner Warns Against the Introduction of Assisted Suicide

by Care for Life, 11 May 2018

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said that removing universal safeguards was dangerous and risked vulnerable and disabled people becoming “collateral damage” as no law was “perfect”.

Tanni was born with spina-bifida and is a wheelchair user. She is one of the UK’s most successful disabled athletes, winning 11 Paralympic gold medals and breaking 30 records.

In a deeply personal section she talked how it was possible for any of disable person to feel low and a burden on their friends and family. “The voices of disabled people, particularly matter on this subject of life and death. The simple truth is that there is no safe law for assisted suicide and disabled people are particularly vulnerable if such a law is passed. ”

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Both sides make emotional pleas as lawmakers oppose physician-assisted suicide in D.C.

by Bradford Richardson, The Washington Times, 27 September 2017

Anita Cameron, minority outreach director for Not Dead Yet, said she has been protesting efforts to repeal Obamacare over the past few days. She said physician-assisted suicide laws only exacerbate the problems with the health care system.

Kimberly Hale, a woman from El Paso, Texas, who was born with cerebral palsy and suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury when she was 8, said physician-assisted suicide laws remove choices from society’s most vulnerable.

“But when you take away choice from people that are helpless and defenseless and you enact policies to make it legal, then you basically sign everybody here’s death certificate,” Ms. Hale said. “That’s what you don’t see. You might want to die, and we understand that, and we want you to go peacefully, and I’m sorry that you’re going through what you’re going through. But all of us have suffered greatly in this room. Greatly. All of us have.”

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