Debate organised by Thinking Matters between former Labour MP Maryan Street and Jane Silloway Smith Director of Every Life Research Unit
Location: HAMILTON : Should Assisted Dying be Legalized? Debate
When Wed, September 13, 19:00 – 21:30
Where S.1.04 University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand (map)
Description: Is legalizing assisted dying affirming of human dignity or does it devalue life? Is it murder or mercy? Kind or cruel? Hateful or compassionate? Right or wrong? Legislation is being considered in Pairlament that would do such a thing (1), hence, this debate is especially relevant.
The debate will follow a standard debating format and will provide time for you to bring your questions and challenges to either debater.
This debate will be held at the University of Waikato in S.1.04 lecture theatre. No entry fee is required but a koha will be appreciated to go toward the usage of the facilities.
Former Labour party cabinet minister, senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, and the current president of End Of Life Choice NZ, the Hon Maryan Street introduced the End of Life Choice bill to Parliament in 2012. She will be taking the affirmative position that medically assisted dying should be legalized.
(2) Dr Jane Silloway Smith, director of Every Life Research Unit and former lecturer in history at the University of Auckland will take the negative position, and argue that medically assisted dying should not be legalized.
(3) S.1.04 lecture theatre is on the first floor of S block, which can be found in the middle of the campus opposite L block and the library. For a map of where S.1.04 is visit http://www.waikato.ac.nz/contacts/map/?S.1.04 or download a map of waikato campus from: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/contacts/map.pdf
References (1) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11872253 (2) https://ves.org.nz/national-committee (3) http://www.everylife.nz/team/ http://www.npr.org/2014/11/20/365509889/debate-should-physician-assisted-suicide-be-legal