Media Release 24th October 2015
Right to Life is disappointed that David Seymour, leader of the ACT party, has placed the End of Life Choice bill in the ballot.This bill is intrinsically evil, it is always wrong to kill or assist in the killing of another.
It promotes a culture of death and is serious threat to the common good. The law in the Crimes Act prohibiting assisted suicide is there to protect the vulnerable in society. It is a threat to the most vulnerable members of our community, the aged, the disabled and those seriously ill. Laws allowing doctor assisted suicide, provide legal immunity for physicians who already devalue the lives of older and disabled people and have significant economic incentives to at least agree with their suicides, if not encourage them, or worse.
The bill described by the sponsor of the bill as “moderate” would permit a doctor to assist in the suicide of a patient who had “a terminal illness that was likely to end his or her life within 6 months; or had a grievous and irremediable medical condition; and experiences unbearable suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner that he or she considers tolerable.”This contentious bill would if enacted and if we followed the experience in Holland and Belgium, include the disabled, the depressed, those with dementia and other psychiatric conditions.
Right to Life asks why is David Seymour giving a dangerous and mixed message about suicide to the community especially our youth?