Media Release 2nd August 2017
Right to Life welcomes the 49 page report of the Parliamentary Health Select Committee that emphatically rejects a culture of death by refusing to make any recommendation that the Crimes Act be changed to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. The Committee has disclosed that 80 per cent of submissions were opposed to euthanasia. Right to Life commends the Committee for its consideration of the 21,891 written submissions and the 944 oral submissions made to the Committee. Right to Life calls upon all Members of Parliament, to now reject a culture of death, represented by euthanasia and to unreservedly support the government’s Suicide Prevention Policy and its program of bringing world class palliative care to all New Zealanders. Right to Life also requests that the media act in the interest of the public it serves, by ceasing its advocacy of euthanasia.
.Right to Life requests that Members of Parliament vote against David Seymour’s “End of Life Choice bill” at its first reading. Right to Life also requests that the Green Party immediately publicly repudiates its policy to legislate for assisted suicide and euthanasia. We call upon the Voluntary Euthanasia Society New Zealand, to now cease its campaign for the legalised killing of the vulnerable, now publicly rejected and support the continuing campaign for excellent palliative care. Right to Life supports the call of the Committee that urges, “the government to consider ways in which it can better communicate the excellent services that palliative carers provide, address the unequal access, consider how palliative care is funded and address the workforce shortages.”