A better option
Ken Orr asks how the Prime Minister can on the one hand provide $40 million for suicide prevention, and on the other vote in support of assisted dying. Unlike Mr Orr, the Prime Minister can understand the difference between a reversible and an irreversible situation. The money will go to the reversible situation category.
Eight per cent of New Zealand’s suicides are committed by people desperate to escape extreme end-of-life suffering. Given that even palliative care cannot help this
category, and given that their situation is irreversible, assisted dying could be a better option for them than lonely suicide by crude, uncertain means, or suffering unbearably right up to the bitter end. The Prime Minister wants to give them that choice. ANN DAVID