Changes proposed for End of Life Choice Bill

David Seymour is recommending changes to his End of Life Choice Bill after getting feedback from public submissions (a record 37,000) – and by the sound of things, to get sufficient support from MPs.

NZH: Act leader David Seymour recommends changes to End of Life Choice Bill

Seymour has written a report on his End of Life Choice Bill for the Justice Select Committee considering the bill containing proposals he says seeks to put the best possible version of the bill forward to MPs to ensure it gets through its second reading.

Seymour’s report set out both minor and substantive issues raised by submitters on the bill and the public during the select committee process and during consultation, analysed overseas evidence and proposed a range of changes to the bill.

“My findings are that there is high public support for legislative change in New Zealand, there is no risk of coercion of the vulnerable, and that the provision of palliative care is complementary to the provision of assisted dying,” Seymour said in the executive summary.

But due to concerns on those matters he recommended the following :

• A binding referendum at the next election

• Limiting eligibility to the terminally ill

• Clarifying that access cannot be by reason of mental health conditions and disability only

• Incorporating the Access to Palliative Care Bill sponsored by National MP Maggie Barry.

The report also suggests an amendment to clarify the role and protection of pharmacists, nurses and medical practitioners.

The proposed law change as it stands would give people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of “requesting assisted dying”.

“It allows people who so choose, and are eligible under this bill, to end their lives in peace and dignity, surrounded by loved ones.”

If it is to go too a binding referendum then Parliament shoukd be putting the best possible Bill forward and then leave it to the people to decide. The people should be able to decide how they die if they get an opportunity to make a choice.

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  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  15th December 2018

    I have read it, and it seemed totally unambiguous about who can have it and what they have to do; e.g. people can’t book it in advance, so to speak, they can’t have it for dementia and there is absolutely no way that the rellies can have it done.

    Maggie Barry was disappointingly bitchy about it on 3 News. Very nasty indeed. I am beginning to believe that she has this unpleasant side to her nature.

    • Zedd

       /  15th December 2018

      tautoko Kitty.. Maggie ‘looks mean/nasty’ IMHO.. her character, not necy: Natl policy ?

    • Chuck Bird

       /  15th December 2018

      Kitty, Maggie and David do not like each other at all and David has made personal attacks against a number of MPs as well as Maggie who oppose his bill.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  15th December 2018

        I haven’t heard him being spiteful for the sake of it, though, and I have known him for a long time.

        Her comments were most undignified; that really shocked me. Talk about the Fourth Form.

  2. I think they should do as was suggested & have 3-4 issues on a ‘super-referendum/reeferndum’ in 2019-20.. BUT prior to the election.

    meanwhile.. lots of debate, to get the correct questions. If they are going with a Y/N or pick a choice of ideas from a list.


  3. oldlaker

     /  15th December 2018

    Maggie Barry pretends she’s worried about the safeguards in this bill but no safeguards will ever be enough for her because her objections are due to her Catholicism (basically, YOUR life belongs to HER god and only he can dispose of it). She is intellectually dishonest and highly emotive in her language (including describing the bill as a “licence to kill”). Parliamentary inquiries overseas have found no evidence of the abuse of the vulnerable she claims will eventuate but she continues asserting that nevertheless. Journalists mostly don’t understand the issues or the evidence from numerous jurisdictions that have adopted assisted dying laws. I think around 100 million worldwide are now covered by assisted dying laws but “progressive” NZ mostly treats the topic as if we are pioneers.

    • PartisanZ

       /  16th December 2018

      Yeah … Big landowner pioneers …

      Intellectual dishonesty and highly emotive language have become the stock-in-trade of much of the media, who don’t really want to debate the issues, or encourage us to debate them …

      They want us down at the Colleseum watching the fight…

  4. Blazer

     /  15th December 2018

    2 fading stars ..Saggy Barry and Last Tango in..Epsom.


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