He­len Clark urges Ki­wis to vote yes on eu­thana­sia

The Timaru Herald - - National News -

For­mer prime min­is­ter He­len Clark has come out in strong sup­port of the ‘yes’ vote in the up­com­ing eu­thana­sia ref­er­en­dum. She joins her deputy Sir Michael Cullen, who is ter­mi­nally ill and wants to re­tain con­trol and dig­nity in his fi­nal days. Ki­wis will vote on whether to make the End of Life Choice Act ac­tive law at a ref­er­en­dum held along­side the elec­tion next month. The law would al­low those who are ter­mi­nally ill to re­quest as­sisted dy­ing. Clark said it was a mat­ter of choice, with those who op­posed as­sisted dy­ing free to not make use of the law. ‘‘Those who op­pose the Act clearly would not wish to in­voke its pro­vi­sions them­selves, but they should not pre­vent oth­ers from hav­ing the choice to do so. That isn’t fair,’’ Clark said. Clark said she was con­fi­dent that the law had suf­fi­cient safe­guards against co­er­cion.

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