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.

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