Media Release Sunday 11th June 2017
Right to life asks how can members of parliament seriously support the government’s suicide prevention strategy and at the same time support the end of life choice bill which if passed will have the government paying doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide?
Right to Life believes that Parliament should defeat the contentious “End of Life Choice” bill at its first reading and get serious about reducing New Zealand’s horrific suicide rate.
The government is committed to reducing the high rate of suicide in New Zealand. In 2015/16, 579 people committed suicide, 59 were teenagers between the age of 10 and 19. We have the second highest rate of youth suicide in the OECD. the government recognises that suicide hurts families and communities.
Respect for the sanctity of life has been the foundation ethic for the practice of medicine for more than 2000 years. This ethic is sacrosanct and it is there for the protection of the community. The ethic recognises the intrinsic dignity of every human being. Suicide, self murder is always wrong and can never be justified.
New Zealand has had a long-term commitment to suicide prevention, with current activity guided by the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016. The government recognizes that suicides hurt families and communities. [Read more…]