Media Release July 16th 2017
Right to Life believes David Seymour is being irresponsible by cajoling MP’s who refuse to support his dangerous End of Life Choice bill. Following the results of a TV1 Colmar Brunton poll, Seymour was quoted as saying “that this poll is a wakeup call; “Too many MPs have ignored public opinion and in a democracy you do that at your peril.”
This Colmar Brunton poll asked respondents whether they thought a terminally ill person should be able to receive assistance from a doctor to end their life, The poll results indicated that 74 per cent said “yes” and 18 per cent said “no”.
In making the statements Seymour conveniently left out the fact that his bill provides for both euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide and that it applies to a range of persons not actually dying. In fact it includes provision for any persons from 18 years of age suffering from an irreversible physical or mental condition that in their view rendered their life unbearable.
In making the above statement Seymour also conveniently forgets that the only authentic expression of public opinion on euthanasia, is that expressed by the 21,277 members of the community who were motivated to make written submissions to the Parliamentary Health Select Committee on the wider issue. A careful analysis of all the submissions revealed that 16,411 or 77 per cent of the submissions were opposed to euthanasia. Observers report that the vast majority of the more than 1,200 oral submissions were also opposed to euthanasia. Not a mention of this from Seymour, simply cherry picking to suit his agenda. [Read more…]