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MEDIA RELEASE – New Zealanders’ right to democratic process

Immediate Release

The Care Alliance calls on the Justice Select Committee to make an official media announcement about the extended submission period for the End of Life Choice Bill. Care Alliance Secretary, Dr Peter Thirkell, is concerned that the general public needs to be made aware that the closing date for submissions is now midnight on Tuesday 6 March.

He also calls on the Committee to publish on its website the nearly 11,500 submissions received and processed so far, which is usual practice but not yet carried out.

“It’s important that the Justice Committee recognises that every voice counts in what is meant to be a democratic process,” says Dr Thirkell, “and that the process should be open, accessible and equitable.”

“Providing early access to all submissions on the website can only help to better inform everyone about the issues at stake in this Bill. We’ve found that the more people get to know about it, the less they like it.”

 

For all media enquiries please contact 

Dr Peter Thirkell

Care Alliance Secretary

secretary@carealliance.org.nz

027 563-5086

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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: