Posts Tagged ‘Euthanasia’

New Zealand doctors prepare for End of Life Choice Comments 0

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

New Zealand doctors are getting ready to implement the End of Life Choice Act when it comes into force next year. Assisted dying will become legal from 6 November 2021. The preliminary referendum result at last month’s election shows 65.1 percent of voters supported the act and 33.8 percent opposed it. The New Zealand Medical Read more

Asian countries do aged care differently. Here’s what we can learn from them Comments 0

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Unlike in Western countries like New Zealand, traditional Asian cultures place a heavy emphasis on filial piety — the expectation children will support their parents in old age. Historically, filial piety played an important role when families were large, pension schemes unavailable and life expectancy was around 50 years old. Today, however, families in east Read more

However well-intentioned, the euthanasia law can never be racism-proof Comments 0

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
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I’m voting no on the End of Life Choice (EOLC) referendum. I have many concerns about this legislation, including around the technical aspects and operation of the law. But I’m also very concerned about its impact on the vulnerable and marginalised in our society. Here are my top four reasons. 1. It devalues and risks Read more

Euthanasia in Spain a ‘defeat for human dignity’ Comments 0

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
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Euthanasia is a defeat for human dignity argue the Spanish Catholic bishops. The bishops’ conference said a change in the law would affirm a self-centred view of life that proposes death as a solution to one’s problems! They also maintain the proposed law would be “bad news, since human life is not a commodity at Read more

We are not voting on law about assisted death but on a dangerous law Comments 0

Monday, October 12th, 2020
Assisted death

I am not writing to tell you how to vote in the binding referendum on the End of Life Choice Act, but I hope I can be of some help so you are better informed about the Act. Firstly, though, I want to help you think about the concepts of justice, love, compassion, mercy and Read more

Bias, bigotry, and euthanasia Comments 0

Monday, October 12th, 2020
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Arguably one of the most revealing public debates taking place in New Zealand over the last week was one on Newshub Nation, between Dr Sinead Donnelly and David Seymour. Donnelly is a medical specialist with extensive experience of palliative care and dying people in four countries, and a Senior Lecturer at Otago University Wellington debated Read more

Judith Collins adds to euthanasia referendum confusion Comments 0

Thursday, October 8th, 2020
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Concern is mounting that people voting in the euthanasia referendum may not realise what they are voting for. In an interview on Magic Talk on Monday National Party Leader, Judith Collins, seemed to blur the line between managing pain and a deliberate choice for a person to end their life. Asked how she reconciled her Read more

Assisted dying an opportunity cost Comments 0

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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At the coming election, voters will be asked to answer the referendum question “Do you support the End of Life Choice Act 20191 coming into force?” If a majority vote Yes then this Act will come into force without further amendment. The focus of discussion has almost exclusively been around the ethical question of whether, Read more

David Seymour’s euthanasia attack bigotry at utmost Comments 0

Monday, September 28th, 2020
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A televised debate on the euthanasia referendum went septic when ACT leader, David Seymour accused Palliative Care Specialist, Dr Sinead Donnelly of basing her objections on religion, not facts. Donnelly and Seymour appeared on TV3’s Newshub Nation on Saturday morning. Donnelly said the proposed Act is a “dangerous law” that will put the lives of Read more

Let nature take its course says Tony Abbott Comments 0

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
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The economic cost of lockdowns means families should be allowed to let elderly relatives with COVID die by letting nature take its course. The comments come from staunch Catholic and former Australian Liberal Party Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Abbott claims COVID is costing as much as A$200,000 (~NZ $220,000) to give an elderly person an Read more