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.
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