Right to Life Media Release 6th May 2016
Right to Life commends those National MPs who in defence of life on Wednesday, opposed a motion of Act Party Leader,David Seymour, to allow his End of Life Choice Bill to be debated. His motion was that his bill be debated on the day following the tabling of the Health Select Committee’s report on the Euthanasia petition of the Hon Maryan Street.
Right to Life requests that Members of Parliament follow the example of Parliament in 1995 and again in 2003, when they rejected the so-called ‘Death with Dignity’ bills at their first readings. They recognised that it is not the role of Parliament to legislate to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. They also recognised that it was the duty of Parliament to legislate for the protection of the lives of its citizens and not to preside over their destruction.
Right to Life encourages Parliament to give full support to the government’s excellent Suicide Prevention Strategy, that recognises that suicide in any form, hurts families and communities and that suicide is never the solution to any problem.
David Seymour is giving confused messages to Parliament and the community about suicide. He claims to support the government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy and yet supports assisted suicide for the seriously ill, the disabled and those with psychiatric conditions. Right to Life asks – how is possible to hold such contradictory viewpoints?