Dianne Cooper’s letter ‘Speak Up Now’ raises a very interesting question. Every poll relating to the End of Life Choice Bill that’s been taken over the last two years has shown strong public support for the Bill — over 70 per cent.
Yet the submissions to the Justice Select Committee have been largely against the Bill. So why aren’t those in support of the Bill as active as those against?
The reason is obvious — that the End of Life Choice Bill is a complete no-brainer.
It is based on tried and true legislation overseas that has worked well for many years for the very small number of people who have chosen to use it.
Why would we in New Zealand want to deny people who are suffering intolerably at the end of their lives, the option of a gentle, dignified death surrounded by their loved ones?
In every single poll, we have consistently shown that we fully expect our democratically elected representatives to vote yes to the End of Life Choice Bill. LINDA KENNINGTON