Two right-to-life groups criticise coroner’s euthanasia comments

The Wellington regional coroner Ian Smith is acting irresponsibly in failing to recognise the real dangers of lethal elder abuse, says Bernard Moran who is the national president of Voice for Life Inc.

“Smith is within his coronial rights to describe Edna Gluyas’ death as suicide or euthanasia, but to call for Parliament to yet again confront euthanasia is simply irresponsible in the light of what we now know about widespread elder abuse in New Zealand,” he said.

And Ken Orr, Spokesperson for Right to Life, says his organisation believes that Smith’s request is “reprehensible and a deadly threat to the common good”.

” It is concerning that a Coroner should be advocating a culture of death with the murder of the vulnerable,” he said.


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