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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

 

In 2015, Maryan Street presented a petition to parliament that asked: "That the House of
Representatives investigate fully public attitudes towards the introduction of legislation which would
permit medically-assisted dying in the event of a terminal illness or an irreversible condition which
makes life unbearable."

In response to that petition, the Health Select Committee is investigating ending one's life - in other
words, suicide.  The Committee is seeking submissions from the public.

Every person who opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide must take the time to make a
positive and clear submission in defence of life!

The Committee will consider the social, legal, medical, cultural, financial, ethical and philosophical 
implications of the issue.

The following four points are their terms of reference:
1.  The factors that contribute to the desire to end one's life.
2.  The effectiveness of services and support available to those who desire to end their own lives.
3.  The attitudes of New Zealanders towards the ending of one's life and the current legal situation.
4.  International experiences.

Submissions need to be made prior to Monday 1st February 2016 and can be made online at
www.parliament.nz.

Submissions can also be sent to the Health Committee via mail.  The address is:
Committee Secretariat Health
Parliament Buildings
Wellington

All submissions must be original.  Submissions that are form-like or contain exactly the same
information will be dismissed.  A submission does not have to be long.

It is also vital that people and families tell their stories.  The pro-euthanasia lobby are masterful at
telling their stories in a very emotive way that pulls the heart-strings.  We know that there is a beauty
in truly dying well.  Let us also be masterful at telling our stories of great hope and real peace!

Note also, that David Seymour (ACT) has submitted an End of Life Choice Bill into the Member's Ballot.  
This Bill could be drawn at any time from the Ballot to be read in Parliament.

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Overview


Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of a terminally ill, chronically ill or disabled person; it is usually
carried out with the assistance of a doctor, nurse or other person. Euthanasia is also known as
mercy killing and physician assisted suicide.

Every person has the right to refuse extraordinary and burdensome treatments and therapies
which would unnecessarily prolong their life by preventing their passing from a natural death,
but food, water, patient care and pain relief medication are all ordinary aspects of normal patient
treatment and they must be provided to every person.

Every patient has the right to receive proper care, medication, food and water as part of their
normal treatment.

What’s wrong with euthanasia?

Euthanasia prematurely and deliberately ends the life of an innocent human being; therefore it
is either an act of homicide or an act of suicide.

Euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands for several decades now, and alarmingly many
patients are killed by doctors even though they made no request for euthanasia. Palliative
care standards also seriously lag behind those in other parts of the world and most doctors,
without any form of penalty, don’t even follow the mandatory legal requirements of euthanasia
laws in the Netherlands.

Legal euthanasia creates a serious imbalance in the doctor/patient relationship and it creates a
system that literally gives the power of life and death to governments, medical insurers and
hospitals.

What about a person’s right to die?

Euthanasia has nothing to do with a person’s right to be allowed to die a natural death. Instead
euthanasia is about the right to kill patients, or to assist them as they kill themselves.

Suffering is never a comfortable or easy thing to go through, but killing a patient or encouraging
them to kill themselves is not merciful; instead it is a barbaric return to the dark ages.

True dignity in death involves caring medical staff and proper pain relief; it has nothing to do with
killing patients or helping them to commit suicide.

Current pain relief therapies allow doctors to successfully treat the patient pain of 99% of all
medical conditions. There is no need for a patient to feel that they have to kill themselves, or be
killed, in order to escape from pain.

It is during our moments of suffering that some of our most powerful and lasting human development
occurs. The final moments of a person’s life are some of the most important and sacred for the dying
person and for their family. Euthanasia robs a patient and their family of this vitally important part
of the human experience.

Recommended Reading:

Why legalised euthanasia is not good for individuals or society
This Family Life International article gives 16 excellent reasons why euthanasia is not good for society.
It also contains details of research which seriously challenges the validity of legalized euthanasia

Patient Protection Plan
A legally binding document for people who wish to provide medical staff with clear and concise
instructions about medical care and treatment in case they are unable to speak for themselves.

Catholic Church Teaching:

Declaration on Euthanasia
The Catholic teaching document on euthanasia, and euthanasia related issues.
Issued by the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on 5 May 1980

The Gospel of Life (Evangelium vitae)
The Catholic Papal Encyclical on abortion, euthanasia and other threats to human life.
Issued by Pope John Paul II in March 1995