Man’s cancer plight sparks euthanasia debate

A Christchurch father’s call for the right to end his life has reignited debate about assisted-suicide for the terminally ill.

Philip Broderick, 33, has the same type of brain cancer as American Brittany Maynard, who chose to end her life this week.

Palmerston North Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway said he would take the debate forward in Parliament with an assisted-dying members bill.

Broderick’s story was a strong argument in favour of giving people choice in the way their life ended, he said.

Dr Jack Havill, of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, said New Zealand needed assisted dying legislation to give people like Broderick another alternative. .Continue reading

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