Media Release Thursday 26th October 2017
Right to Life is opposed to the proposal of New Zealand First that Parliament give approval for a referendum to change the law to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. The issue of euthanasia is simply too complex to be put to a public vote. We believe that any change to the Crimes Act will ultimately lead to a “slippery slope” of assisted dying policies. Right to Life does not think this is a matter that should be decided by individuals within the community.
We believe that the ground whereby doctors can kill their patients or assist in their suicide would be constantly widened if a referendum led to a Euthanasia bill being passed. There are no possible safeguards that could ever ensure adequate protection for the vulnerable. There is ample evidence from overseas that once the law against killing is relaxed that the grounds for killing continue to expand. This is very clear looking at the evidence from the Netherlands and Belgium.
Right to Life is concerned that the question that is asked in this proposed referendum will be worded in such a way, as to achieve the objectives of those who are promoting euthanasia. We also are concerned that should the result of the referendum support euthanasia, this will impose pressure on the conscience of those members of parliament who are opposed to it, and who want to protect the community. [Read more…]