In response to Ken Orr, don’t you ever get tired of regurgitating all these old invalid arguments and trying to dictate other people’s choices according to your own personal beliefs?
Parliament’s main business is to represent the public who vote them in, and seeing as polls carried out over 20 years show a consistent support for assisted dying of around 70 per cent, then passing this bill (with sufficient safeguards — which this bill has) means they are doing their job.
On March 6, 2016, the NZ Human Rights Commission released a report which stated: ‘The commission’s view is that the right to not be arbitrarily deprived of life does not directly translate into an absolute prohibition on Parliament implementing a legislative framework that would permit terminally ill people to obtain assistance to end their lives.’ This was followed by a list of provos and safeguards, which have all been included in the EOLCB.
I think perhaps you, either intentionally or through ignorance, have totally misunderstood the proposed bill. You imply that it is the doctors who make the decision I quote from your letter, “would allow doctors to decide who shall be allowed to live and who may have their lives terminated”. It is actually the patient that chooses this, and the doctors then make sure that the patient is eligible under the required safeguards.
The word you seem to miss is in the title of the bill — CHOICE.