Monday, December 10, 2012

New Zealand petition opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide.

A group that has formed to protect New Zealand citizens from euthanasia and assisted suicide has begun a petition campaign to oppose a bill that has been presented in the New Zealand parliament.

The group - Euthanasia Debate NZ - has launched the petition campaign to encourage political leaders to oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide. Link.

The petition campaign is designed to inform New Zealand citizens of the possible political debate concerning the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The petition states:

"The Bill you have before you in New Zealand is the most radical and extreme of any piece of legislation anywhere in the world because basically it is euthanasia on demand." Baroness Ilora Finlay.
I am deeply concerned by attempts to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia and wish to express my strong opposition to it. 
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide present great risks to the safety of New Zealand's most vulnerable people who already feel that they are a burden to their families and society. 
No such legislation, no matter how it is drafted, can ever adequately protect every New Zealander from the risk of abuse. 
Euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation would create opportunities for the ultimate in Elder Abuse. 
I ask you to oppose the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia under all circumstances. 
Sign Now

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition supports the work of Euthanasia Debate NZ. EPC agrees that the proposed legislation in New Zealand is one of the most extreme piece of legislation anywhere. 

Earlier this year, the New Zealand Medical Association clearly stated its opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide. 

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