Euthanasia, assisted suicide or assisted death is being discussed a lot. Maryan Street is going to put a bill on it into the members Bill ballot to try and get another vote on it. This is a collection of relevant links and information.

In the news

Time to talk about dying

(ODT) Sean Davison, in a letter to the editor, thanks the public of Dunedin for their “overwhelming” support during his trial and while serving his sentence.

One of the main reasons to publish was to open the public’s eyes to the issues surrounding the deaths of our loved ones and encourage debate on a change in the law. Society is now embracing issues that have previously been uncomfortable to deal with such as sexuality, homosexuality, contraception, Aids, abortion and drug abuse.

These are no longer taboo subjects for dinner table and classroom discussions and this opening up has surely resulted in a better educated and more understanding society.

I believe we are now ready to discuss the complex issues around death and dying. By openly discussing these issues, it also helps prepare us for death and may make us less afraid. Death is something we all must face.

I believe there is public support for a law change and I hope our politicians will take notice. New Zealand has led the world in social and cultural reform. Now I believe we are ready to lead the world in dealing with this complex issue.

The issue of voluntary euthanasia is a challenge to the whole human race and is one of the greatest challenges facing our humanity.

Man admits assisting wife in suicide

An Auckland man has admitted assisting the suicide of his wife, who suffered from multiple sclerosis.

Rosemary Mott died at her home in Paritai Dr, Orakei, on December 28 last year. Her husband was accused of aiding and abetting her suicide by allegedly helping her to research euthanasia and acquiring equipment and material for her.



The Standard: Euthanasia Bill
Maryan Street’s “End of Life Choice Bill” has triggered another round of debate. A recent poll shows public support for legalising voluntary euthanasia at an all time high. It’s a question of “when” not “if”.

Kiwiblog: Support for Euthanasia?
I think the current law is quite cruel when people like Sean Davison are made into criminals for doing what his mother begged him to do.”


Sunday Star Times: Strong public support for euthanasia
The Sunday Star-Times reader poll of more than 1000 people also found almost three-quarters of people would help a terminally-ill loved one commit suicide.


Voluntary Euthanasia in New Zealand
Voluntary Euthanasia in New Zealand: An Analysis of Compassion, Autonomy, and Secularism in the Public Sphere
By: Thomas M. I. Noakes-Duncan

Personal end of life experience
It has been suggested in the recent public debate in Dunedin that all that needs to happen is for more widespread top palliative care to be available to anyone that wants it.

Euthanasia interest and support growing
It seems that the euthanasia debate (and support) is building up steam.

Euthanasia discussion – comments
Here are some of the comments from Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide — A Discussion We Need To Have held in Dunedin on Thursday.

Choices about euthanasia
I had a close encounter with the pros and cons of euthanasia recently as I watched my mother die. She had expert care and assistance in her home and at the hospice. The hospice uses care plans that emphasise comfort for the patient within current laws.

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  1. Ineke Post

     /  18th August 2012

    Keeping people alive against their will should be seen as torture. This would give a different view on the unnatural way of dealing with denial of death from a medical point of view. This change of view should be in discussions about the law concerning euthanasia.

  2. Ineke Post

     /  18th August 2012

    What I mean with my first comment, is that people who are terminately ill or who suffer unbearably and hopelessly and are kept alive against their will, are being continually tortured because they are denied an escape: death. Torture is unlawful, therefore the state should be charged in court.

  3. I think this subject is very prone to over-dramatization, perhaps understandably due to the importance of death in our lives. For me the very names ‘euthanasia’ and even moreso ‘assisted suicide’ are highly loaded terms, when what I believe we are actually talking about is better called ‘death with dignity’. It sure is an important topic though.
    If my understanding is correct, doctors already have considerable scope allowed them by giving priority to patient comfort and relief of pain? To some degree the issue is perhaps about slightly redefining or making adjustments to palliative care laws and procedures, partly by giving more power back to the patient?
    The people I feel most sympathy and empathy for in all this, and have yet to hear mentioned much, are the terminally ill who take their own lives and are, as I understand it, therefore recorded as suicides. I believe there are many such events in NZ each year.
    This seems a travesty to me when death with dignity could be an option.
    I also believe, anecdotally, that a number of terminally ill people suicide by deliberate motor vehicle collision or ‘accident’ each year. This too is tragic and it potentially endangers others.


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