Coroner calls for debate on euthanasia

Maryan Street’s cowardice at pulling her members bill on euthanasia should be remembered.

She withdrew the bill faring that it would be a distraction during election year. This is an act of cowardice….when she introduced the bill she talked about emotions and courage and the need to for debate. Then she went soft.

Meanwhile the coroner has called for MPs to have the debate regarding changing our laws regarding euthanasia after a woman suffocated herself at home alone rather than live through more agony of extreme arthritis.

People need dignity in death and the ability legally to choose how to end their lives….having watched my mother suffer and died from cancer. I wish that she had been given the choice to not go through that. It is not something I’d ever wish on my worst enemy, nor their family to have to go through that.

A coroner is calling for Parliament to make up its mind about euthanasia after an elderly woman chose to suffocate herself with a handmade contraption in her Lower Hutt home.

Widow Edna Gluyas, 85, waited for her family to leave from a visit and lay down in her bed for a final time, alone, before setting in motion the process that would kill her on August 3, 2011.

Less than two hours later, her daughter returned to find her dead by what Wellington Regional Coroner Ian Smith has determined “euthanasia by suffocation”.

In his report, Smith calls for Parliament to confront the issue of euthanasia – a topic that has long been dodged.

“Once again this death raises the vexed issue of euthanasia and, as I have recorded in past cases, this process simply will not go away, and it will be necessary for Parliament to address this matter yet again.”

Gluyas lived alone, in a suburban street in Belmont. Her husband had died in 1988. She was a firm believer in euthanasia, had attended seminars, and owned a book on the subject.

It is a debate worth having and we would have had that if not for the cowardice of Maryan Street and the Labour party who pressured her into dropping the bill.


Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

41%