The following article is a re-post from the New Zealand Catholic and is by by Rowena Orejana – July 5, 2017
Objections are being raised, and opposition mobilised, against David Seymour’s Ending of Life Choice Bill, which was drawn from a private members’ bills ballot at Parliament on June 8.
Nathaniel Centre director Dr John Kleinsman noted submissions to the Health Select Committee’s Ending One’s Life in NZ Inquiry clearly showed the public’s opinion on the issue.
“The people of New Zealand have recently spoken out on the question of legalising euthanasia in unprecedented numbers and they have overwhelmingly rejected any such move as too dangerous by a measure of 4 to 1,” said Dr Kleinsman.
“This is the real measure of people’s views on the topic and it is paramount that these views inform politicians’ understanding going forward.”
Mr Kleinsman warned that if the bill became law, there would be serious unintended consequences, in that many people would actually have their choice and control eroded. He said the bill would encompass more people than is popularly thought.
“[It] opens up assisted suicide and euthanasia to anyone 18 years and over with a grievous and irremediable physical or mental condition, which in their own view makes their life unbearable”, he said.