Media Release Friday 13th January 2017
Right to Life is very concerned that the NZ Nurses Organisation has abandoned its ethic to care for it’s patients and has now come out in support of doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide. The NZ Nurses Organisation should be at the frontline defending the lives of their patients against the threat of euthanasia and a culture of death. It should also be defending the ethics of the nursing profession which respects the sanctity of life of their patients. The Organisation has produced a chilling document titled, “Guidelines: Professional Challenges- Assisted dying position statement.” The Nursing Council has the role to protect the health and safety of the public. Why then have they chosen to remain silent in response to the threat of euthanasia supported by the Nurse’s Organisation. to the most vulnerable members of our community; the aged, the disabled and the seriously ill?
The nursing profession has the well earned trust of the community based on the knowledge that they will respect the sanctity of life of their patients and will do no harm. The Organisation is unwittingly undermining that trust which is essential for our public health service. Who would enter a hospital if killing you could be a treatment option? Would we place our elderly family members with confidence in a retirement home knowing that the nurses employed there are prepared to assist them in suicide or give them a lethal injection to kill them?