Euthanasia is ethically wrong, and individuals could be placed under more pressure from family members to choose an “early exit” if a new bill goes ahead, say the Salvation Army and the InterChurch Bioethics Council.
Both groups have come out against a proposed “end of life choice” member’s bill being drafted by Nelson-based Labour list MP Maryan Street.
Street says a growing number of New Zealanders support euthanasia and a fresh national discussion is needed on the subject.
The bill would make it legal for those diagnosed as terminally ill, and fully in control of their mental faculties, to choose to die, and for assisting clinicians or family members to be protected from liability.
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