Right to Life is opposed to the recommendation of Green Member of Parliament, Keith Hague MP, that the government instruct the Law Commission to lead a public consultation on euthanasia. Sir Grant Hammond, President of the Law Commission, in February told the Justice and Electoral Parliamentary Select Committee, that the Commission “was stretched to the limit” with its work load.
Euthanasia is about doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide. Both murder and assisting in suicide are serious crimes. They are, in the Crimes Act to protect the vulnerable in society.
The role of the Law Commission, established in 1986, is to promote the systematic review of the law, its reform and the development of the law in New Zealand. The great American statesman, Benjamin Franklin said that the first and only duty of government is to legislate for the protection of human life and not to preside over the destruction of mankind. Human life remains the most precious shared value of New Zealanders –the right to life and the right to protect life. Life is a sacred trust from the Creator. This principle is enshrined in New Zealand law since the founding of our nation in 1840. It is reaffirmed in the New Zealand Bill of Rights.