Richard McLeod, the spokesperson of Lawyers for Vulnerable New Zealanders, shares here by video some of the many concerns lawyers have with the End of Life Choice Act. He says that our response to the End of Life Choice Act is one of the most far reaching and important issues that we are facing as a nation, even over and above the Covid-19 crisis. Lawyers for Vulnerable New Zealanders is a group of around 200 New Zealand lawyers including QC’s, academics and senior lawyers, from a number of disciplines.
Richard McLeod is arguing here not about whether Euthanasia is right or wrong but that the End of Life Choice Act itself, is the most dangerous and risky piece of legislation that his group of lawyers has ever seen and that he has been examining it for a long time. Considering the depth and breadth of the experience of this group this is a very alarming statement.
Here’s a summary of the main points in the video.
The first point Richard makes is that this law gives the illusion of choice. He says that there will be choice for some, the powerful and the privileged. The poor, the weak, the defenceless and the vulnerable will not get the same choice.
The second point he makes is that this Act doesn’t adequately protect vulnerable New Zealanders from being manipulated or pressured into requesting Euthanasia.
The third point he makes is that the passing of this act won’t mean the end of the conversation, only the beginning.
Right to Life makes a plea to every person concerned about the future of this country to watch this video and firmly believe that a NO vote to the End of Life Act coming into force is the only safe option if we want to preserve the well-being a safety of all New Zealanders,
Authorised by Philip Creed, for Right to Life New Zealand Inc, 28 Ensors Rd, Opawa, Christchurch