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Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide: The 2017 General Election

David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill – which seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide – still awaits debate in Parliament, which will take place sometime after our general election on 23 September 2017.

Ultimately, the outcome of Seymour’s Bill will be determined by the 121 Members of Parliament (MPs) that will be elected or re-elected to Parliament after the election. The political candidates and parties you vote for and where they stand on this issue will influence how many votes are for or against Seymour’s Bill.

With the election less than two weeks away, the Care Alliance invites you to consider euthanasia and assisted suicide as an election issue to take into account when you are deciding who to vote for.

See where the Party Leaders stand.

(Image Source: Value Your Vote 2017: Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide, Family First NZ.)

 

What can you do?

  • Write to or email your local candidates to ask them where they stand on this issue.
  • Drop by your local MPs office and say that this is an important issue for you.
  • Encourage friends and family members who can also vote in this election to consider this issue when they vote.

 

For more information on the issue, check out:

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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 people believe assisted suicide and euthanasia are a right, that it is a matter of self-determination and personal autonomy. However, New Zealand is not four million people living isolated from one another, but a broad inclusive society. The actions taken by each member of society affect the lives of others around them.

What started with good intentions and the pursuit of autonomy will have widespread ramifications and some of the most vulnerable people in our society already struggle to be heard.

Whatever your view on assisted suicide and euthanasia, I would like to encourage everyone to read the report of the health committee. This topic is very complicated and deserves more than a quick headline.

Click here to read the full article.