The House of Commons in a free vote have soundly rejected at the second reading of the Marris Assisted Dying bill, 330 to 118 on 10 September. This is the first vote on this issue in almost 20 years. Now the message from politicians has been an overwhelming rejection of the “right to die.”
This is a timely message for our New Zealand Parliament as it considers the petition of the Hon Maryan Street. We should follow the outstanding example of the Commons and reject a culture of death and reaffirm the sanctity of life ethic. Right to Life believes that this stunning victory for life should be a disincentive for Labour, Greens and ACT, to introduce a bill to the ballot to allow the strong to kill the weak.