Posts Tagged ‘Death with dignity’

Religious leaders urge MPs to reconsider euthanasia bill

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Religious leaders from a number of New Zealand’s faith traditions have written a joint letter to members of Parliament expressing their grave concerns about passing the End of Life Choice Bill. The bill, due for its third and final reading next Wednesday, 13 November, “gives people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted Read more

Euthanasia bill moves forward in committee stage

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

National MPs put forward around 20 amendments to ACT leader David Seymour’s bill on Wednesday night. Unlike the last session, where MPs stayed voting until 1 am, the voting wrapped up at 10.30 pm. Seymour’s chief opponent Maggie Barry,  was not in the House last night. Read more

Dutch expert changes his mind about euthanasia

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

A Dutch euthanasia expert says he’s seen assisted dying in his country go from being seen as a last resort to a “project” to be managed. “I used to be a supporter of [euthanasia] legislation. But now, with twelve years of experience, I take a different view,” says Dr Theo A. Boer. From 2005 to Read more

Presbyterian Church disagrees with euthanasia bill

Monday, October 8th, 2018

The Presbyterian Church has come out against euthanasia in its biannual meeting, saying it is too dangerous for public safety in the long term. More than 300 people cast their vote to vote against the End Of Life Bill, which is currently before the Select Committee. The church’s convener, Reverend Stuart Lange, said legalising euthanasia Read more

Sir Bill and Dr Mary English make submissions on euthanasia

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Former New New Zealand prime minister the Right Honourable Sir Bill English and his wife Dr Mary English made a submission to a parliamentary committee considering the End of Life Choice Bill last Thursday. Mary English has worked as a general practitioner for 28 years. She has a practice in the inner Wellington suburb of Kelburn. They Read more

Euthanasia: Doctor says let MPs or mayors end lives

Monday, July 9th, 2018

A senior doctor has written to Parliament suggesting that MPs and mayors could carry out euthanasia since doctors are ethically barred. Dr Ross Boswell, a chemical pathologist and former chair of the New Zealand Medical Association which represents doctors, is among 35,000 submitters to the Justice select committee on David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Read more

End of Life Choice Bill unethical, dangerous and unprogressive – NZ Bishops

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops have voiced strong opposition to the End of Life Choice Bill in their written submission to the Justice Select Committee. The Bishops say that while some popular polls claim that New Zealanders are in support of the Bill, many commentators note that in fact what they are expressing is a view on Read more

Palliative medicine physicians use morphine with great care

Monday, December 18th, 2017

A palliative medicine physician with 28 years experience in caring for patients and their families at the end of life has challenged ACT party MP David Seymour’s claim that doctors intentionally end peoples’ lives by giving them too much morphine. Dr Sinead Donnelly said she was affronted by the fact that “a politician would imply Read more

NZ media largely failed to convey complexity of euthanasia issue

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The New Zealand media have, to date, largely failed to convey the complexity of the euthanasia question in their mostly shallow reporting on this issue says Dr John Kleinsman. He is pleased that the Health Committee Report on the subject noted that complexity. Kleinsman is the Director of The Nathaniel Centre, the Bioethics Research Agency for Read more

Euthanasia Report makes one important recommendation

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