Parliamentary committee report on euthanasia to be tabled this week

After a lengthy period for public submissions and a record number of submissions (38,000) David Seymour’s End of Life Choice bill is due to have it’s select committee report tabled in Parliament tomorrow.

Most submissions opposed the bill, but many were organised by churches opposed to the bill.

NZ Herald:  Report due back on Act leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill

With a parliamentary committee due to table its report on David Seymour’s euthanasia bill on Tuesday, the Act leader is “quietly confident” about its future.

“This is something that is becoming increasingly normal around the world and something that New Zealanders overwhelmingly want,” Seymour told the Herald.

“However, as we can see from the select committee process, we face a very well-orchestrated campaign from a motivated minority who are extremely committed to defeating the bill,” he said.

The bill 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.”

But speaking ahead of the report’s public release on Tuesday, ahead of the bill’s second reading, Seymour said he was “quietly confident” of its future.

I hope that MPs do the right thing and progress this Bill, and put the final decision to all of us via a binding referendum that would support or reject the Bill.

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  1. oldlaker

     /  8th April 2019

    We’ll see just how democratic MPs really are faced with the chance to send Seymour’s bill to a referendum. It’s a perfect opportunity to hear what the public has to say on an issue that polls over more than two decades have recorded a persistent majority in favour. Debate has been extensive over two select committee hearings in less than four years so it’s not as though the public isn’t well informed. Opponents of the bill will be out in force to stop it being passed at a second reading because they know in a referendum they’d lose heavily.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  8th April 2019

      I was totally reassured when I read the bill, but people seem to be deliberately misunderstanding it and putting out misinformation.

      If it means that people don’t have to kill themselves by starvation, bring it on.

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