Media Release Monday 20th November 2017
Right to Life strongly encourages New Zealand Members of Parliament to follow the commendable example given by the New South Wales Upper House which has voted to defeat the Voluntary Assisted Dying bill on 16 November.
The legislature is commended for voting to protect the lives of the most vulnerable members of their community, the aged, the disabled and the seriously ill. The leader of the Labour party opposition stated: “I worry about the message it sends to a society where some old and frail people feel that they are too much of a burden on their loved ones that they have to end it all,” Luke Foley said
Assisted suicide is a real threat in a society where there is increasing elder abuse. The leaders and members of the NSW Upper House have realised this and have voted to protect their community from coercion and abuse. They have also voted to protect the medical profession which does not want to be involved in killing their patients. They understand that It is not necessary to kill the patient to control their pain.
There have been more than 40 Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia bills defeated in Australian State legislatures in the last 20 years.
NSW Labour health spokesman Walt Secord said, during the debate, “I have not yet seen it possible to develop adequate legislative safeguards to protect people from the misuse of these laws. I have not yet seen a legislative model in this area that cannot be exploited or manipulated. And I cannot support any gaps for exploitation when the consequences are so final.”