ACT’s Granny Killer bill brings out the big guns

ACT have a brilliant policy for this election:  allowing NZ First’s voters to take their own lives.

A Welsh professor of palliative medicine and cross-bench member of the House of Lords has arrived in New Zealand to challenge David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill.

The Baroness has come out just for the occasion.  ACT’s End of Life Choice Bill is attracting the big guns.

The ACT leader’s euthanasia bill was pulled from the members’ ballot earlier this month to go before Parliament.

The End of Life Choice Bill would allow for assisted dying in cases where people are terminally ill but still mentally sound.

Ilora Finlay said that going by what had happened in Oregon and Belgium, the legalisation of assisted suicide in New Zealand would lead to 120 cases a year, while legalising euthanasia would lead to around 1200.

Baroness Finlay said Mr Seymour’s bill was dangerous.

“It isn’t restrictive at all, it also goes beyond physician-assisted suicide and it goes to euthanasia, but you do fundamentally change the relationship between the doctor and the patient when you go down that road.”

The Baroness assumes there aren’t doctors that would actually want to assist people with a managed and peaceful end to their pain.

All that aside, it is time we have this debate.  Just like we did with Homosexual law reform and Marriage Equality, New Zealand is lagging among other western democracies when it comes to the legal possibility of people avoiding a prolonged, painful death that robs people of their personality, their dignity and it contaminates the memories of those left behind who will only remember the frail, pained last moments with their loved one.




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