Right to Life New Zealand Media Release 9.25 pm Sunday 21st July 2013
The Labour caucus has a Private Members Bill in the ballet titled “End of Life Choice Bill” in the name of Maryan Street. If passed it would allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. This bill was placed in the ballet box in July 2012. The bill hangs over the nation’s head like the Sword of Damocles, just waiting to fall. The bill if passed would undermine the common good, pose a serious threat to the lives of the elderly the disabled and the seriously ill. Such a Bill would totally alter the respect and trust that patients have with their doctors and impose an unwanted watershed change in our healthcare system.
The nation is preparing for a general election in 2014. It is important in an election year that the electorate focuses on the important issues such as housing, education, welfare and the cost of living. If this bill were drawn from the ballot before the election, it would prove a major unwanted distraction for the electorate.
It is important in our Parliamentary democracy that the Labour Party presents itself to the electorate as a viable party fit to govern. There are many in our community who are deeply concerned at the social engineering imposed on our community by previous Labour governments. These concerned citizens would be reluctant to vote for a political party that supports doctors being given the right to kill their patients.