Media Release 29 May 20201
How can the government be serious about supporting its Suicide Prevention Strategy while at the same time the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and an overwhelming number of government MPs support government sanctioned and funded doctor assisted suicide? How can the Prime Minister say that she was wary of sending any message “that there was a tolerance for suicide in New Zealand.”
The government has 2 task forces set up within the Ministry of Health. The first to implement the government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy and the second to implement assisted suicide and euthanasia under the End of Life Choice Act, which comes into operation on 7th November 2021.
Right to Life asks is the government’s position incoherent?
We question the government’s sincerity in claiming to oppose suicide and working to prevent all suicide, while at the same time being committed to legalising and funding assisted suicide.
The taxpayers of New Zealand have a right to ask why the government has budgeted $40 million over four years in 2019 for the implementation of the Suicide Prevention Strategy, while in the 2021 budget the government has funded more than $11 million to provide assisted suicide and euthanasia under the End of Life Choice Act.
The government will be paying doctors to assist in suicide of their patients under the guise of health care.
A total of 654 people died by suicide in New Zealand in 2019/20. Our statistics are appalling, we have the highest youth suicide rate in the 41 member OECD. Right to Life commends the government for including in the budget for 2019 funding for suicide prevention, specifically $40m for Maori and Pasifika suicide prevention
The government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy 2017 defines suicide as –“a death where evidence shows that the person deliberately brought about their own death.”
In New Zealand a coronial ruling decides whether a death is classified as suicide.
The strategy does not seek to define suicide as rational or irrational, all suicide is irrational.
Suicide is self – murder it is always morally wrong, it violates the sanctity of life and the fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” Suicide hurts families and communities and the government should be committed to preventing all suicides.
Euthanasia is about doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide. It is intrinsically evil; no referendum can legitimise anything which is evil. The prohibition against taking the life of another human being is the foundation of the law and medicine.
It is always wrong to kill another innocent human being.
The approval of the community, even in a referendum, can never make manslaughter or suicide acceptable.
Right to Life believes that the government supported the referendum to distract public criticism from the government and to seduce and to implicate the whole community in the murder of the vulnerable.
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