Legislating for euthanasia would be unwise and a dangerous social policy. Euthanasia is about doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide. The terminally ill need compassion and excellent palliative care> There is no dignity in being killed by your doctor. The New Zealand Medical Association is implacably opposed to euthanasia. Doctors should be healers not serial killers. The first duty of the government is to protect the lives of its citizens. Why then is the Prime Minister prepared to support euthanasia legislation that will endanger the lives of the sick?
Euthanasia is a threat to the elderly and the ill. In Holland in 2009, 2636 patients were put to death by their doctor. In addition there were 400 deaths where the doctor assisted in the death of the patient and 550 deaths where the doctor killed the patient without explicit consent or request. It is also estimated that 10 per cent of patients die as a result of “terminal sedation”, that is from the withholding of food and hydration. The Dutch government is now considering approving euthanasia for the lonely and depressed. Euthanasia is a voracious monster, a right to die would soon become the duty to die.
Ken Orr – Spokesperson