Media Release 18th May 2019
Right to Life requests that Parliament votes a resounding no to the second reading of the End of Life Choice bill on Wednesday 22nd May. We encourage all those who are concerned about this dangerous bill to continue to contact their MP’s before they vote on Wednesday.
This bill is tilted “The End of Life Choice Bill” to blatantly mislead the pubic. Its intetion is to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. There is a stark contrast in the title, between Seymour’s Bill and the 2001 Dutch euthanasia bill. This bill was at least honestly and transparently named. It was titled,”The Dutch Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act”. There was no attempt to hide the hideous reality that euthanasia is about doctors inflicting death on their patients or assisting in their suicide.
While the Dutch were at least honest in their description we should learn from their experience of the terrible consequences of passing legislation which authorizes doctors to kill rather than care for their patients. Statistics relating to euthanasia deaths in The Netherlands in 2018 have been released, and are available on the Euthanasia Commission website.
According to the Dutch Euthanasia Commission there were just over 6100 people who were killed in euthanasia in The Netherlands last year, making it responsible for 1 in 25 deaths in the country.
146 People were killed in The Netherlands in 2018 because they were suffering dementia. Two of these were euthanised even though they were no longer able to communicate their request, with doctors deeming that a previous written request was sufficient to kill them.
67 People were killed because they were suffering from psychiatric disorders. Alarmingly, in only half of these cases was the reporting physician themselves a psychiatrist.
205 People – or more than one every two days – were euthanised because of an “accumulation of old age disorders.” These disorders include vision and hearing impairment, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis (described in the report as “wear and tear”, balance problems, and cognitive decline.
The Dutch government supports autonomy and the “right “of those over the age of 70 years of age, who believe that their life is complete, to be provided with doctor assisted suicide. A draft bill has been studied by government since 2016.
Suitable organ donors among those having their lives terminated are encouraged to donate their organs e.g. heart, lungs, kidneys and pancreas. In order to retrieve organs in the best condition doctors are now advocating that the law be changed to allow organs to be retrieved from a patient while tranquilised but still alive. This would be done in a hospital operating theatre to ensure best quality organs. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association done on Belgium euthanasia statistics for 2015 revealed that 10% of patients being terminated could donate at least one organ. It would appear that while the patient’s life was considered of little value his organs were of value.
Parliament has a sacred duty to our Creator, the author of life and the community to legislate to protect the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death. It is always a crime to kill another innocent human being. This dangerous anti-life bill that emanates from a culture of death is a threat to the lives of the most vulnerable in our community, the aged, the disabled and the seriously ill. Under the guise of compassion, death with dignity and autonomy the End of Life Choice bill seeks to entice our Parliament to legislate to allow doctors to choose who may be allowed to live and who shall die.
These are the potential future consequences if Parliament passed this dangerous EOLCB. This is not the New Zealand that we want for our children and grandchildren.
Right to Life