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Kiwis say no to Euthanasia

Health Select Committee Submissions

KIWI VOICES


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.'

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Hear from a Terminally Ill Person

I suspect that those who are supporting this proposal are wanting to ensure that they will continue to have choices as they age and/or face disease processes. 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?

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Hear from Someone with Family in the Netherlands

We were disturbed at the attitude of some of the nurses and doctors we spoke to in relation to euthanasia. I would say that roughly half of them 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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