Media Release 14th January 2018
Right to Life is opposed to the proposal that should the contentious End of Life Choice Bill be passed at its second reading, that Parliament should authorise a binding referendum before the third reading of the bill. The most fundamental medical ethic of not killing or helping patients kill themselves, must not be reduced to a popularity contest.
Right to Life is disappointed that the nine members of the caucus of NZ First voted to support the first reading of the bill on the condition that the author of the bill, David Seymour, would support a binding referendum. NZ First had a duty to protect life by voting against this evil bill and voting for it, even at first reading increases the prospects of the bill becoming law.
Euthanasia is about doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide. Euthanasia is intrinsically evil and no referendum can legitimise that which is evil. The prohibition against taking the life of another human being is the foundation of the law and medicine. It is always wrong to kill another innocent human being. The approval of the community, even if supported in a referendum, can never make murder acceptable. Such a referendum is an attempt to seduce and implicate the whole community in the murder of the vulnerable.
Right to Life is implacably opposed to a referendum because it is based on the false and dangerous premise that the community has a right to decide who shall be allowed to be killed. This presumption is a violation of the inalienable right to life of every member of the community. The community has a collective duty to protect the inalienable right to life of every member of the community from conception to natural death. [Read more…]