End of Life Choice Bill – First Reading

David Seymour introduced his End of Life Choice Bill to be read a first time in Parliament last night.

It passed the first vote by a comfortable 76 votes to 44.

This is a big achievement for Seymour, and a good victory for Matt Vickers, who was in Parliament for the first reading.

It doesn’t mean the Bill will get an easy passage through Parliament. It is likely to be strongly debated in the committee stage and there is certain to be many strong submissions for and against the Bill.

The Aye vote (with Noes also indicated):

Interesting to see Dr Jonathan Coleman and Dr Liz Craig voted for the bill, and Dr Shane Reti voted against.

It would have been a travesty if the Bill had not passed the first reading, which would have denied full debate and public submissions.

The Bill may be amended, and it has two more votes to go before it succeeds or fails.

Links to all the First Reading speeches, videos and transcripts:

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  1. Zedd

     /  December 14, 2017

    This is one issue, that I support D Seymour (Act) on

    Great to see it pass 1st reading !!

    Listening to this debate, it is similar to the cannabis debates; now moving to support, but still the ‘nay-sayers’ use Fear-mongering & Misinfo. to ‘muddy the waters;.. does anyone seriously believe that, if the bill becomes law, 1000s of families will be using it ‘knock of granny for her life insurance/assets’ ? This is the sort of nonsense that some use, to try & sway the decision.. OR that its a religious thing ‘Thou shall not kill’. Not everyone is a devout christian in NZ
    The reported reality is ‘euthanasia’ has been occuring for decades, by overdosing with morphine etc. (to reduce suffering)

    Its time NZ got with the program & cut the fear-mongering out.. sez I

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 14, 2017

      It MUST be done with extreme care. The Oregon model-where someone has to go the GP and make another visit when they have had time to read and consider the whole thing-and they have to take the overdose themselves unaided seems to work. Most of them end up not taking it, they die before it reaches that stage, If anyone gives it to them, they will be charged with murder.

      Morally, I am opposed to euthanasia. I will never pretend otherwise. But if it is a consenting adult, and I am not asked to administer the lethal dose…well, I am glad that it won’t be my decision .

      • Zedd

         /  December 14, 2017

        @kck

        As I said; this bill is about offering ‘Choice’ to people who are terminally ill or in constant unbearable pain & suffering, that cannot be cured.

        I keep hearing that ‘euthanasia’ (assisted dying) is already happening (morphine overdose).. This is about bringing it out & removing a law that could see doctors or care givers/family, who do this, possibility being arrested & jailed for relieving the suffering of a loved one or terminally ill patient.

        Its strange that people dont have a problem with doing likewise for a family pet, but not a person; Double standard ? :/

        btw; I watched my father-in-law, in his final days (a few decades ago, in Aust.) I know he was in constant agony; could not sleep & kept ‘messing himself’ in bed. He was crying out for this kind of relief.. which I understand, may have been, finally given to him (in the dark of night, alone, when we were all gone) 😦

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 14, 2017

    I think that it MUST be well and truly safeguarded so as to eliminate the fear that Auntie Flo will be coerced.

    My understanding is that in days gone by-I mean well and truly gone by, not just recent history-the family of the person who was suffering were told that they must only give the person X number of morphine pills at a time, as Y morphine pills might kill them…the doctor would not ask awkward questions when the patient died soon afterwards.

    The witholding of treatment is a form of euthanasia-a friend who had early dementia would, I am as certain as anyone can be, but I know what a dignified person he was and how he fought the dementia-have not wanted antibiotics when he had pneumonia.Nor would a middleaged man I knew whose brain was destroyed by a stroke.

    I more or less had to make this decision when the lung cancer treatment was just prolonging the inevitable for my husband-it was barely running on the spot, so to speak. The gulf between talking about it when it isn’t a reality and doing it when it is-well, anyone who’s been there knows, anyone who hasn’t can’t imagine it. I chose to send him to Hospice for palliative care. For his sake, I could have done nothing else.It was only days, as it happened, before the phone call.

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