John Key has discussed euthanasia…
Prime Minister John Key has signalled possible loosening of euthanasia laws, saying he would sympathise with “speeding up of the process” of death for a terminally ill patient.
He told Family First director Bob McCoskrie in a public interview at a forum in Auckland yesterday that euthanasia would be “a legitimate thing” to speed up death for a terminally ill patient who was in pain.
But he said he would not vote for a bill proposed by Labour MP Maryan Street that would allow any adult suffering from a condition likely to cause their death within 12 months to request medical assistance to die.
“If it’s the same bill, I’ll oppose it because I think the way that bill was structured is not good law,” he said. “In the world that I live in, in my head, it’s a conscience issue. So when someone says to me ‘euthanasia’ I think of the person that is terminally ill, that is going to die, and in a tremendous amount of times and in my world, euthanasia is a legitimate thing in that situation.”
We do need a debate on euthanasia which is why I was disappointed that Maryna Street pulled her bill for fear of having that debate in election year.
Ask anyone who has sat beside a loved one’s bed holding their hand as they die and I doubt you will find any opponents of euthanasia.
He said modern medical practice was to give terminally ill patients pain relief and allow the natural process of death to occur.
“The palliative care would not do anything to prolong their life or to shorten their life. What I would say is in that scenario I … could understand the speeding up of the process,” he said. “The bill goes a lot further than that. In the situation where grandma is 92 [and people just want her to go], that’s not acceptable.”
Spoken like a man who has never had to watch it.
My mother died slowly over 12 months, in pain and I only ever saw her show that pain once…she was tough, but she should never have been in a position for that to happen like that.
The doctors and nurses, especially in the hospice were amazing and though it was never spoken about the ever increasing doses of morphine eventually saw her off.
You know that time is short when they double the dose the night before Mum passed.
Mum lasted for a year, I’d hate to think what a longer time period would do…lingering, knowing that there is only one outcome but prevented by the law from dealing with your terminal illness the way you see fit.
While John Key is prepared to talk about it, and I welcome that, David Cunliffe lacks the balls to even comment.
Labour leader David Cunliffe declined to comment on the issue yesterday and Ms Street did not return calls.
That sort of gutlessness should be called out. But then what can you expect from a man who apologises for being a man.
- NZ Herald