Right to Life is disappointed that Dr Rob Jonquiere has accepted an invitation from the New Zealand Voluntary Euthanasia Society to visit New Zealand. The purpose of his visit is to address meetings promoting legislation that would allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. Dr Jonquiere is not welcome here. His presence in New Zealand represents a threat to the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community; the elderly the disabled and those who are seriously ill. His presence here is also a threat to the trust that the community rightly has in our respected, dedicated medical profession.
Dr Jonquiere, is the Communications Director and Administrative Secretary of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies. He is also the Chief Executive of the Dutch Right to Die Society. Dr Jonquiere claims to have killed several of his patients in the 1970s when it was unlawful for a doctor to kill his patients. These acts were a violation of the law prohibiting homicide.They were also a violation of medical ethics and constitute disgraceful conduct.
Dr Jonquiere, is in denial about the awful reality of euthanasia. He claims to support the Hippocratic Oath which explicitly states that you should not kill your patients.
He then states when I talk about euthanasia, I am talking about the termination of suffering.
The World Medical Association made a statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide, adopted by the 44th World Medical Assembly, Marbella, Spain, September 1992 which states: “Physicians-assisted suicide, like euthanasia, is unethical and must be condemned by the medical profession. Where the assistance of the physician is intentionally and deliberately directed at enabling an individual to end his or her own life, the physician acts unethically. However the right to decline medical treatment is a basic right of the patient and the physician does not act unethically even if respecting such a wish results in the death of the patient.”
Right to Life hopes that the media in defence of the common good will seek to interview Dr Jonquiere and expose the evil proposed in the End of Life Choice bill that Andrew Little as leader of the Labour party has indicated it is his intention too resubmit to the Parliament ballot.
Right to Life
Jack Havill says
Your comments above are outrageous and inaccurate as usual. You will note that over 80% of NZs now support legalisation of physician assisted dying.
May we respectfully ask Mr Havill on what basis you claim over 80% of NZs support Physician Assisted Suicide? Lets call it what it is Jack and not play around with semantics. Please advise us of what questions were asked and how the conclusions were reached in the latest Auckland University study? (if that is in fact what you are basing your claim on).
Right to Life Admin
Rob Jonquiere says
It is a pity Right to Life and its spokesperson Ken Orr did not have the decency to address their concern directly at me, telling me that “I am not welcome in New Zealand”.
That Right to Life has an opposing view from mine when it concerns end-of-life decisions is their good right. I do not know why they do not accept that I have a same right to my view.
Why then – instead of an open discussion – limit your opposition to publications in friendly papers and media; publications by the way that are full of details of myself, my deeds and of the Dutch practice and law, that are not only completely unsubstantiated but even in many cases biased by your own ideas.
Instead of suggesting me not to come, you would show your Christian face meeting with me, openly and respectfully, trying to clarify our differences; trying to get the facts right and finding out where our ideas are alike – and I think we have more in common than you expect – or how we can together address the concerns I have as well as you. Only I believe my concerns can be seen to in a decent law, such as the current Bill in New Zealand and as proven in the Netherlands.
I will be coming to New Zealand anyway – welcome by you or not – and invite you to accept my invitation for a meeting.
WF Communications Director
Right to Life does not challenge your right to hold views on euthanasia that are contrary to ours. Right to Life recognises your sincere desire to relieve the suffering of seriously ill patients. We do however challenge the way in which you address this issue, namely the killing of your patients and especially your advocacy to promote euthanasia as a solution to suffering. You have achieved this in your own country the Netherlands and now you seek to bring it here to New Zealand.
Your views are contrary to the ethics of the medical profession. You do not have the support of the World Medical Association, the New Zealand Medical Association, neither Palliative Care Specialists nor Hospice New Zealand. These are the experts in this field.
The law change that you seek to support, would undermine the trust that our community has in its dedicated and esteemed medical profession. That trust includes the trust that we will not be killed by a doctor.
You are in fact, promoting a culture of death in that you promote the killing of your patient as a solution to the problem of his/her pain.
Killing violates the virtue of justice by denying the inalienable right to life that our Creator has bestowed on each member of the human race. Our right to life may not be taken from us nor may we give it up. Our lives are not ours to do with as we will, for we are but stewards of the precious life entrusted to our care.
Euthanasia is always wrong because it violates the fifth commandment, “Thou Shalt not kill”
Right to Life makes no apology for speaking up in defence of those in our community threatened by what you seek to achieve. You are visiting New Zealand to promote a change to our laws which would allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. In New Zealand under the Crimes Act, homicide and assisted suicide are serious crimes. These laws are there for a very good reason – to protect the vulnerable in society.
You do not seem to recognise that you are challenging the common good. Your advocacy is a serious threat to the lives of every person in New Zealand, but especially the aged, the disabled, the marginalised as well as those who are seriously ill.
Euthanasia once decriminalised, can never be restrained to just the initial ‘class’ of persons to which it was originally applied. We can see that from your own country, the Netherland. Once allowed for any, it becomes a right, it does in effect become a human right; and human rights are NEVER restricted to just one ‘class’ of persons. Those rights rapidly expand to include other ‘classes’ of persons, for example those who are suffer depression, or even those who are simply tired of life.
Should you not, Doctor Jonquiere as a member of the medical profession, be doing all you can to alleviate intolerable pain in your patients instead of pushing for their killing as a solution? When a society descends to killing, as a solution to a problem, then killing becomes the obvious solution to other problems. You say euthanasia can be controlled with safeguards. We know that events in countries where euthanasia or assisted suicide have been legalised, prove that such a contention is a falsehood.
We would be pleased to meet with you Dr Jonquiere and invite you to contact us via our email address of email@example.com to arrange for a meeting when you are in Christchurch. We will need to discuss and agree to terms of reference for any such meeting.
Right to Life