MEDICALLY ASSISTED DEATHBy John Murray
More compassionate law needed
The Kāpiti-Horowhenua Branch of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society says that following the “discharged without conviction” judgement of Evans Mott in Auckland last, there’s an urgent need for a more compassionate law on voluntary euthanasia.
“That is why I personally, as a Christian minister, support the projected End-of-Life Choice Bill of the Hon Maryan Street.” says John Murray, Branch chair.
“And that’s why our Branch is sponsoring an open public meeting on ‘What is wrong? What is right with medically assisted death” on Saturday, 29th September.”
The speaker for the meeting will be Dr Phillipa Malpas, senior lecturer in medical ethics at Auckland University.
She teaches medical students in the ethical issues about end of life decision making and has written a series of articles for the national Grey Power magazine on the subject.
“This is an urgent issue that Parliament and us all must face. We know from a recent Horizon poll that 62.9% of people are in favour of more humane law with only 12.3% stating their opposition.” says John Murray,
“Such cases as Sean Davison’s dying mother and Evans Mott’s terminally ill wife, will become more frequent.
For those who choose we support palliative care but where death is at hand it should be the person’s own right to legally choose how to die and not leave it in the hands of the medical profession or some impersonal law.”
The meeting with Dr Phillipa Malpas will be held in the Senior Citizens’ rooms, Ocean Road, Paraparaumu Beach at 10.30am till midday on Saturday 29th September. Everyone concerned with this pressing issue is welcome.