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Seymour responds to aided suicide case

Seymour responds to aided suicide case

End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour has responded to reports of a woman charged with aiding a suicide.

“While politicians shouldn’t comment on the details of cases before the courts, the broad reality is clear: banning assisted dying is not preventing it from happening,” says Mr Seymour.

“The current law forces euthanasia underground, where there are no safeguards. Ill people are faced with the choice of committing amateur suicide or implicating loved ones in an illegal assisted death.

“Each case like today’s is a reminder that New Zealanders need better choices. That’s why I continue to sponsor the End of Life Choice Bill. If the Bill is drawn and passed it will (assuming safeguards are met) provide those with a terminal illness or degenerative disease a legal option.

“These people should be able to choose a peaceful assisted death, surrounded by loved ones, at a time and in a manner of their choosing.”

ENDS


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