Polls shows euthanasia gaining acceptance, shame Labour lacks the stones to put their bill up

Before the last election Maryan Street, in an act political cowardice, ditched her euthanasia bill. David Cunliffe and the Labour party ditched the bill because they didn’t want to run it during the election.

Andrew Little, upon taking the leadership of the Labour party, told Iain Lees-Galloway to ditch his plans to take the bill up.

Once again Labour showed political cowardice.

It is a decision that they should perhaps re-visit.

It is hoped growing support for voluntary euthanasia will keep gaining traction.

It follows the latest findings from a University of Auckland study, which reveals 82 percent of 700 New Zealanders polled believe the practice should be legalised.

But End of Life Choice spokesman Dr Jack Havill says it could be sometime before the Government gets on board.  

“Our indications at the moment are that not many people are keen, but there are some politicians there who are still looking at this and working with it,” says Dr Havill.

A bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia was dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway last year.

In the UK there is a fear they can’t get theirs through before the election.  It is also a Labour party bill.

It’s WILDLY popular and well supported.

This clearly shows that Labour screwed it up by pulling it and then not re-instating the bill, although I guess if they were planning Dirty Politics, it didn’t fit into their workload.

Perhaps Andrew Little could get Megan Woods to concentrate on this rather than the task he has actually allocated her, which is to continue pushing Dirty Politics.


– 3 News


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  • Toothbrush76

    It’s hardly a surprise that Labour would keep away from voluntary euthanasia.
    It shows that they remember the divisions caused by the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion shenanigans of the 1970s.

    • Second time around

      That was about the only occasion that Muldoon rose above himself to allow sound legislation that has lasted unchanged or almost unchanged to the present day. He removed the part charge on contraceptive prescriptions as a sweetener to get the bill passed. Sir Robert had much in common with Labour, in particular the desire to micromanage every aspect of the economy- he would be a good role model for young Andy.

  • STAG

    Don’t worry, this sensible idea will be picked up by National and moved forward in time, resulting in another spectacular own goal from the Left.

    Popcorn please.

    • Mick Ie

      This should be National’s (John Key’s) legacy rather than looking at changing the flag.

    • Salacious Crumb

      I think you’ll find that National will show themselves as having moved further to the left by avoiding this.

    • Justsayn

      This needs a minor party to run it, the major parties are too vote shy. I think it fits well with ACT philosophy – freedom of the individual. If ACT ran it, the discussion may help illustrate their roots and their return to them. That could do them no end of good.

      • Whitey

        Couldn’t agree more. I really wish ACT would pick the bill up.

  • Whitey

    Labour’s cowardice over the euthanasia bill is extremely disappointing, but when I think about it it’s not so surprising. Euthanasia means letting people choose for themselves how and when their life ends, and Labour doesn’t seem to like people making choices for themselves. Perhaps euthanasia just does not fit with Labour’s ideals.

    • Robin

      Euthanasia legislation includes the requirement that there should be a voluntary request from the patient. However, this legal safeguard is not respected in practice. According to a 2010 study, almost a third of assisted deaths in Flanders, Belgium, occurred without the consent of the patient. Most of these victims were older than 65.

  • Nirvana10

    All overseas experience has shown that no matter what rules and regulations and safeguards are placed around voluntary euthanasia such rules and safeguards will be abused. No society which condones a Granny- killing bill deserves to be regarded as a just or caring society.

    • mommadog

      All overseas expereince? I thought it worked well in places like Switzerland and Oregon. Holland I’m not so sure about as they seem to have gone a step further. However Id be interested in some examples where its been abused.

  • Robin

    The result of this poll doesn’t mean much when we don’t know anything about the sampling method, whether the sample is representative of the population, the margin of error, or the questions asked. 700 is also a very small sample size.

  • chrisnz

    The problem with things being ‘wildly popular’ is that sometimes they just turn out being, well just wild. If this is such a good thing then why is the NZ Medical Association firmly opposed to it? Why is it that safeguards in jurisdictions where euthanasia laws have been loosened are being abused and criteria for eligibility expanding yearly? Why is suicide being promoted as the solution to suffering rather than quality palliative care? What is that saying to our youth when we have an already high youth suicide rate?

  • The Accountant

    Dangerous politically. Imagine at the next election if Labours sole claim to fame is giving kiwis the ability to kill themselves. I think they need to have a number of bills before they commit to that one.

    • Wahbonnah

      Well tbh some of us might need that new legislation if a Labour/Greeen govt every got elected!!!

  • Ken Orr

    Labour are commended for withholding the End of Life Choice bill from being resubmitted to the Parliamentary ballot. It is hoped that the bill, in the interest of the common good will ultimately be discarded. The bill is a threat to the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community, the disabled, the aged and the seriously ill.It should be of great concern that the international medical profession is totally opposed to doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide. Doctors recognise that they have a duty under the Hippocratic tradition to protect life and not take it. The trust that the community has in the medical profession is founded on the knowledge that the first principle of medicine, is to do no harm. Would you ever trust your doctor if you knew that killing you was a treatment option? Would you ever go into a hospital if you were unsure if you were going to be cared for or killed? Many fearful citizens in Holland are now carrying a card that states, that the holder does not want to be killed by a doctor.
    euthanasia is dangerous and is a threat to every member of the community. It is promoted as being a compassionate response to the terminally ill who are experiencing unbearable pain. The real objective is not about pain relief, but the disposal of lives deemed not worthy of life.