Will we get Right to Die via the courts instead of parliament?


In a New Zealand first, the fight to allow a Wellington lawyer to die on her terms has taken its first step in court today.

Lucretia Seales [SIC] has terminal brain cancer and the 42-year-old wants her GP to administer a lethal dose of drugs to allow her to die if she chooses.

She’s taken her fight to the High Court, where today her lawyers fought to not allow outside organisations who have taken an interest?to?get involved in the case.

Ms Seales says she doesn’t want to die, but terminal brain cancer gives her no choice.??

The lawyer and former advisor at the Law Commission is now challenging New Zealand’s laws by asking the High Court to uphold her right to die, when she chooses.

“Assisted suicide is not a no-no subject anymore; it is something that societies have considered and allowed,” says Dr Petra Butler, associate professor at Victoria University School of Law.

Now the Human Rights Commission, Voluntary Euthanasia and Care Alliance want to join her court action.

Care Alliance says if Ms Seales gets her wish it would set a dangerous precedent and could be applied to anyone with a terminal illness.

“Ultimately, in New Zealand’s constitutional makeup it will be Parliament and therefore New Zealand society to decide overall what will happen in regard to assisted suicide in New Zealand,” says Dr Butler.

When it comes to issues that we should be talking about as a nation, we should ditch the flag and pick up the “death with dignity” issue.

I’ve seen my mother eaten alive by cancer. ? There comes a point, a point before the body finally gives out, where death with dignity is denied.

In my view we are a callous society if we can’t fine tune the nuance between assisted suicide and death with dignity. ? It’s a continuum, and due to the fear someone might abuse the process, it is denied to everyone.


– 3 News