Euthanasia’s number 1 question

Euthanasia keeps coming up in ducsussion and debate. There is a ‘major anti-euthanasia conference’ in Auckland this weekend. Alex Schadenberg, International Chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition was interviewed on Q+A this morning alongside Labour MP Maryan Street, who’s drafting a new law to allow ‘end of life choice’.

There are many pros and cons on this complex issue of end of life issue, including euthanasia.

  • There are problems now with extending lives using modern medicine.
  • There are issues with right’s to choice.
  • There are potential problems with euthanasia.

The status quo is far from perfect. People are forced to die in situations they desperately wanted to avoid. And any change will introduce new potential dangers.

But the main argument should not be pro euthanasia versus anti euthanasia.

Generally speaking, dying is crap, and some people have to suffer very crappy deaths.

The biggest question should be whether any change would overall be better or worse than how things currently are.

More euthanasia links and information.


  1. Graeme

     /  July 1, 2012

    I want my mama.

  2. Amanda

     /  July 6, 2012

    this week on THINK TANK TV3 Sunday 9.30am July08
    Are there dangers we need to be aware of, or is it time we legalised Euthanasia?
    John Tamihere and guests Barrister Charl Hirschfeld, Anglican Priest- Hirini Kaa, Labour MP -Maryann Street, Euthanasia Advocate -Dr Jack Havill

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