Media Release 12 May 2022
There is no place in the medical profession in New Zealand for a doctor who is not prepared to implement the government’s new health service, to kill their patient under the guise that it is a health service.
Right to Life is concerned that the government is coercing doctors to betray their medical ethics and undertake training to equip them to kill their patients with a lethal injection or assist in their suicide.
The Minister of Health, Andrew Little, announced in September, 2021 that New Zealand was now ready for assisted dying as a new health service, to be introduced on 7th November 2021.
The government is committed to making assisted killing acceptable and accessible for all New Zealanders. To achieve this objective the government is coercing the 5,500 general practitioners in New Zealand to betray their medical ethics and to accept that killing their patients with a lethal injection or assisting in their suicide, is a health service.
The government is hoping to capitalise on the trust that members of the community have in their own GP to provide this killing service.
To achieve this objective the government is providing three learning modules on line for all registered medical practitioners. For those who are prepared to administer a lethal injection to their patients and receive the generous remuneration of $3,000 for each patient killed, it is compulsory to watch a further five educational modules.
Dr Kristine Good, Registrar Assisted Dying, was encouraged that there was a small but increasing number of “GPs who are finding it rewarding to work with patients who seek assistance in dying”. Right to Life is appalled that the government is seducing doctors with language that makes lies acceptable and murder respectable.
Right to Life is concerned that the government is determined to undermine the Hippocratic tradition of respect for the sanctity of life that has permeated the practice of medicine for two thousand years.
Right to Life believes that it is the government’s intention to reduce the medical profession to the status of obedient agents of the state, who will have the ultimate authority to decide which lives are of value and to be protected and which lives may be destroyed.
Right to Life requests that the medical profession oppose the government’s agenda and remain faithful in upholding the Hippocratic tradition.
A doctor who is prepared to kill their patient as a treatment option is the most dangerous man in the land.
Spokesperson, NZ Inc.
Right to Life