“License to kill” bill lacks safeguards to protect the vulnerable says English

Bill English has described David Seymour’s euthanasia bill as “a very bad piece of legislation”, saying that it lacks safeguards to protect New Zealand’s most vulnerable people.

[…] the National leader said while he was against all forms of assisted dying, the bill presented by ACT’s David Seymour was particularly dangerous, implying it indiscriminately enabled suicide.

[…] it will make vulnerable people like the elderly, people suffering from mental illness, people with disabilities more vulnerable, so I intend to oppose it strongly,” Mr English said.

[…] “It’s going to be a bit tricky for Mr Seymour to answer the question as to why some suicides are good and some are bad.”
Despite his passionate opposition to the bill, Mr English said National Party MPs would be allowed a conscience vote on the euthanasia bill in Parliament today.

In contrast, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was in favour of people having their own individual freedom in terminal health situations.

[…] “My position has always been, that yes, while I want important safe-guards in place, I also want people to have their own choices in that position, so I will support the bill.

[…] Ms Ardern said Labour MPs also had a conscious vote on the bill […]
Support for the bill as it was launched by Mr Seymour yesterday on the steps of Parliament crossed party lines, with National MPs Nikki Kaye and Chris Bishop, standing alongside Green Party leader James Shaw, and Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway, endorsing the bill.
In contrast, alongside Mr English’s vehement opposition to the bill, National MP Maggie Barry also weighed in to describe it as a “licence to kill”.

Allowing a person access to drugs to end their own life is state-sanctioned suicide. It is another step altogether to make it legal for a doctor (whose duty it is to “do no harm”) to deliberately kill a patient. Once you make euthanasia legal, pressure will be put on doctors to kill patients regardless of what their personal moral and religious views are on the matter.

Where bills like this have been passed in other countries it hasn’t taken long before they have been applied to people without terminal illnesses. In one case a perfectly healthy young woman who was severely depressed after breaking up with her boyfriend applied for euthanasia and was killed by the state.

Previous Whaleoil posts on the subject of Euthanasia include:

The Corruption of Compassion and the Contagion of Euthanasia

A terminally ill person’s reaction to the debate on Euthanasia

Whaleoil readers’ feelings on Euthanasia revealed

National should give euthanasia to ACT to champion, but they are actually dead set against it

Labour has no right to discuss euthanasia after their abject cowardice on the topic

We take a look at the arguments for and against Euthanasia

Euthanasia law will follow the same path as Abortion law

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