Ob­vi­ous an­swer

Kapiti News - - Letters To The Editor -

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


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