Posts Tagged ‘Assisted suicide’

Why we didn’t back the euthanasia bill Comments 0

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Throughout this term of Parliament it has been my privilege to serve as chair of the health committee. Over the last two years, it has been my responsibility to lead the inquiry into assisted suicide and euthanasia as requested by a petition to Parliament. I led a group of dedicated MPs from a cross-section of Read more

Why I don’t support euthanasia (and you shouldn’t either) Comments 0

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Shakira Hussein

Euthanasia marginalises an already vulnerable group and should not be legalised. A report from a Victorian parliamentary committee is expected to recommend legislative changes that would permit assisted dying. The stage for such change has already been set through a series of recent media articles and public events. Earlier this year, The Age reported the case of 55-year-old Read more

Euthanasia Report makes one important recommendation Comments 0

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The New Zealand Parliament Health Committee’s report on Euthanasia has made a single recommendation. Read the report. “The Health Committee has considered Petition 2014/18 of Hon Maryan Street and 8,974 others and recommends that the House take note of its report.” The the Committee recognises that that  euthanasia is a very complicated, very divisive, and Read more

10 questions for David Seymour Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017
david seymour

An extreme version of a very bad idea is how Matthew Jansen describes David Seymour’s “End of Life Choice Bill”. Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance made the comment in a media release, 12 July, launching the “Ten questions for David Seymour” campaign. The campaign, designed to prompt New Zealand Members of Parliament to give Read more

Medical treatment or assisted suicide? Its about cost say insurers Comments 0

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Medical treatment is guaranteed when you buy medical insurance. That’s what you think, anyway. You decide what you want or can afford and pay for it. If it comes to paying up though,  your insurers might have a way out. Assisted suicide. Assisted suicide is cheaper than treatment. A Nevada-based specialist, Prof. T. Brian Callister Read more

End of Life Choice Bill will erode end of life choices Comments 0

Monday, June 12th, 2017
end of life choice

Reacting to news that David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill has been drawn from the Ballot today, the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre argues it will undermine the life choices for many should it become law. “We have grave concerns about the unintended consequences of the proposed legislation”, warns Director of The Nathaniel Centre Read more

Palliative care practitioners speak out against euthanasia and assisted suicide Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

More than 30 of Australia and New Zealand’s top palliative care practitioners have joined forces to oppose the introduction of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, describing the practice as “unnecessary and unsafe”. It was a response to an opinion piece recently published in the MJA by Palliative Care Specialist, Professor Emeritus Ian Maddocks, who asked Read more

Hawaii’s Senate supports assisted suicide bill Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Hawaii’s Senate supports an assisted suicide bill. This is despite Hawaiian Catholic Conference warnings it could put vulnerable people at risk. The Conference says it could also change the nature of medicine. “Physicians are seen as trusted health advisors, and this bill undermines this relationship, creating suspicion and uncertainty for Hawaii’s patients,” said Deacon Walter Read more

Cardinal Dew Challenges MPs on Euthanasia Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Cardinal Dew spoke on behalf of the bishops of New Zealand to the written Submission to the Health Select Committee on their End of Life investigation at Parliament on Wednesday. “Catholic teaching regarding the end of life is well known, however we would like to share with you our extensive and long experience of our Read more

Wall’s proposed authorised dying bill falls short on a number of counts Comments 0

Friday, November 25th, 2016
authorised dying

Director of the NZ Catholic Bioethics Centre, Dr John Kleinsman, commenting on MP Louisa Wall’s proposed Authorised Dying Bill, noted that it was an attempt to narrow the criteria of eligibility for euthanasia and assisted suicide. It shows that at one level she has taken on board some of the concerns raised by opponents of Read more