Right to Life disputes the findings of the Auckland University poll that claims that 66 per cent of those polled supported a doctor being allowed to end the life of a patient with a painful incurable disease upon their request.
A claim of growing support for euthanasia is not supported by statements made by the authors of the study. drawing dubious conclusions by their own admission;
“The findings do not represent peoples support for the concept of euthanasia per se.” Those relying on it cannot do so with confidence.”
Right to Life believes that this poll is not representative of public opinion. The study clearly shows that it reflects attitudes toward euthanasia in New Zealand in 2014/15 and as far back as 2009. This is of critical importance as the study is well over 12 months old. A great deal has happened since then and with more public awareness about the implications of decriminalising Euthanasia, attitudes have changed. Right to Life believes that it is inaccurate and misleading to state that a report done more than 12 months ago indicates growing support for euthanasia in 2017.
The only clear evidence of support (in fact clearly lack of it) that truly reflects current public opinion, is the 21,435 written submissions that were presented to the Parliamentary Health Select Committee currently hearing oral submissions on the petition of the Hon Maryan Street, dealing with the issue of euthanasia. A selective scientific analysis of the submissions reveals that a compelling 78 per cent of the submissions are opposed to euthanasia.
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