Media Release 5 July 2014
Right to life is disappointed at the Prime Minister’s declaration that he would support allowing “speeding up of the process” of death for a terminally ill patient. This chilling statement should fill our hearts with trepidation and fear. It is written in the hearts of man by our Creator, thou shalt not kill. The Prime Minister should be aware that the World Medical Association, the New Zealand Medical Association and Hospice New Zealand are all implacably opposed to doctors being allowed to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.
The murder of a patient by a doctor or assisting in their suicide is prohibited by legislation. Euthanasia is about doctors killing or assisting in the suicide of their patients. Both are serious crimes, found in the Crimes Act 1961, Part V III, Crimes Against the Person; the former under section 160 Culpable homicide. The latter under section 179. [Read more…]