Posts Tagged ‘euthanasia debate’

The Final Choice: The facts and the emotions Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020
the final choice

Kiwi journalist Caralise Trayes was interviewed on RNZ Sunday about a book that she has just completed called The Final Choice. She said she was motivated to write The Final Choice after she realised she would soon have to vote in the referendum, but she did not know much about the issue. The New Zealand Read more

Assisted dying: conscientious objection rights remain unclear Comments 0

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

A judge says it’s too early to clarify how conscientious objection rights for assisted dying might work in hospices. Hospice New Zealand, an umbrella organisation for all hospice services, wanted answers about how conscientious objection would operate if the End of Life Choice Act was accepted in the referendum in September. Continue reading Related Posts:Hospice Read more

End of Life Choice Bill final reading: How your MP voted Comments 0

Monday, November 18th, 2019

A controversial bill legalising voluntary euthanasia passed its final vote in Parliament. The decision was made a conscience vote, meaning MPs voted individually, rather than along party lines. So how did your MP vote on the legislation? Read more Related Posts:Euthanasia bill: One amendment down, more than 100 to goMarriage equality, five years onEnd of Read more

End of Life Choice referendum: no simple yes-no answer possible Comments 0

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
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On Wednesday night, New Zealand’s Parliament voted by a 63 to 57 majority in favour of amending David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill to make its acceptance conditional on a binding referendum. With the acceptance of the amendment requiring a referendum, the Bill is likely to pass the third reading in November. However, it Read more

Euthanasia bill moves forward in committee stage Comments 0

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 Related Posts:Euthanasia bill: One amendment down, more Read more

Euthanasia referendum question uses euphemisms Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The question for the possible euthanasia referendum should avoid euphemisms and ask directly whether Kiwis support assisted suicide, National MP Maggie Barry says. Barry, one of the fiercest critics of David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill, said the proposed question released on Wednesday was “misleading and too narrow”. Barry said the question was over-reliant Read more

Ruth Dyson accepts apology from Maggie Barry Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Assistant speaker Ruth Dyson has accepted Maggie Barrie’s apology for shouting at her. Barrie said it was a “highly emotionally charged situation” and she acknowledged she was “over-zealous in expressing my disappointment with the way things were progressing”. Continue reading Related Posts:End of Life Choice Bill – the real fight is…Australian Church welcomes Prime Minister’s Read more

Euthanasia bill: One amendment down, more than 100 to go Comments 0

Thursday, August 1st, 2019
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The third reading of the End of Life Choice Bill began in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. It had passed its second reading, in June, 70 votes to 50. This stage will see politicians debating and individually voting on possibly more than a hundred changes to the bill, in a process that may take Read more

Why the euthanasia bill doesn’t go far enough Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
euthanasia

Please don’t kill me. That was my first reaction to the End of Life Choice Bill that the polls show most of the population agrees with. Of course, although I’m in my mid-sixties, I’m reasonably hale and hearty and surrounded by people I know and love in a warm house by the sea. I am Read more

More than 1000 doctors sign letter against ‘assisted suicide’ Bill Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The Care Alliance, a charity which opposes physician-assisted euthanasia, has taken out a full-page advertisement in the New Zealand Herald. The letter has been signed by 1061 doctors, of the 17,000 registered doctors in New Zealand. Medical Association chair Dr Kate Baddock agreeds with the letter and the majority of their more than 5000 members oppose Read more