16,000 Voices
Kiwis say no to Euthanasia
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KIWIS SAY NO TO EUTHANASIA

Over 16,000 people wrote to the Health Select Committee last year, telling them that they didn’t want assisted suicide or euthanasia introduced into New Zealand.

 

 

These 16,000 voices represent 78% of the submissions made to Parliament on the issue of euthanasia.

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That's 3 out of 4 Kiwis who took the time to write saying no to euthanasia.


 

Doctors, nurses, students, farmers, mothers, fathers, teachers, lawyers, counsellors
— old and young — from all parts of New Zealand - say no to euthanasia.

 

 Let some of them tell you why in their own words


RALPH, Cancer Specialist

 “With the introduction of euthanasia, there is no doubt in my mind that that is going to affect the relationship that we have with patients and, in particular, the level of trust that we have with them.” 

 

CLARION, Banker

“A lot of people find it hard to say no. We find it hard to say no with little things. Can you imagine when something’s so big?”

 

NARELLE, Journalist

“It really begins to shift the way that we think about the vulnerable in our society, the suffering in our society, and those who seem to be inconvenient when it comes to suffering and illness.”


ISAAC, Student

“My brother Reuben can’t speak. He can’t interact in a way which people can acknowledge him or see him as valuable. And so, sometimes people can say, ‘What is his life worth?’

 

MARIA, Nurse

“I think we need to recognise how much work is done for patients. They’re treated with dignity. We don’t prolong life unnecessarily. We’re really good at looking after patients.’


STEPHEN, Law Professor

“I would expect that if the euthanasia law was passed, albeit with some intended restrictions initially, that those restrictions would very quickly disappear.”


DION, Mental Health Nurse

“I don’t think it’s possible to both plan to prevent suicide and promote it in other circumstances, and I don’t think we actually have any evidence that that can be done safely.”


LINDA, Hospice Volunteer

“Really, it’s meaning of life discussions that we need to have everywhere, among the very young and the very old, and everyone in between, rather than how do we end it.”


JOHN, Disability Activist:

“Disabled people matter; disabled people count; our lives matter and our lives count. Assisted dying creates a killable category of people we think are not worth protecting; that is wrong.”


 
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MORE KIWI VOICES


Hear from a terminally ill person

"I strongly believe there are better ways to ensure we all have choices as we face life’s challenges. Perhaps we as a nation need to be communicating more effectively what choices already exist?" 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from a vet

“When we come to the subject of euthanasia I find it rather incredulous that people can equate putting an old or sick dog down with the euthanasia of say their grandmother. They are giving the life of their grandmother the same value as that of their dog.” 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from a nurse

“I am called as a team member to foster, honour and safeguard every person regardless of their frailties, perceived brokenness, or loss of self determination. The underlying bedrock is that my patients trust me as their healthcare provider ‘to do good’ and ‘to do no harm.’” 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from someone with family in the Netherlands

“I would say that roughly half of [nurses and doctors] had the attitude that euthanasia would be a serious option for a range of people: those who were considered too old to receive expensive treatments; those who had only a couple of months to live and took up a bed that could be used for someone who had a better chance of survival; mentally disturbed patients.” 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from a Hospice worker

“I strongly believe that if this Bill is successful, people will ask for euthanasia because of the pressure or stress that they feel the illness is putting on their loved ones, rather than their own desire to die.” 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from a person with disabilities

“We live in a society which valorises the ‘able-body’ and ‘able-mind’ to the extent that to be disabled in any way – physically, senses, intellectually, cognitively – is to be highly devalued to the extent that it is better to be ‘dead than disabled.’ Under these conditions it would be murderous to sanction EAS for anyone, let alone disabled people.” 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from an elderly person

“This bill, as far as I am concerned, would take away my choice in some circumstances; it puts power into people/families who are not emotionally stable themselves at this time of the illness.” 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from a south islander

“I believe there is a lack of imagination on the part of those wishing to see a law change. They have not thought what living in New Zealand would be like for many people if the law is changed.” 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from someone affected by suicide

“I believe that having assisted suicide as an option for anyone sends the message to those who are struggling, that suicide is more ‘okay’ or ‘normal’ as an option.” 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from someone who’s watched a loved one die

“Dying people have physical emotional, psychological and spiritual needs that require families and carers to be sympathetic and supportive to. This takes time and is a process that can heal past hurts and reconcile relationships.” 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from a young person

“Please don’t allow legislation to be passed that would give me the ability to choose my fate when I am at the end of my life. I don’t want to spend my final days feeling guilty about taking up space.” 

>READ FULL SUBMISSION


Hear from a North islander

“Being dependent on one another is a natural part of life and pretending otherwise is to ignore the richness of human interactions across our lifespan.” 

> READ FULL SUBMISSION