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RTL NZ Opposes Australian Pro-Death Site

Right to Life NZ Opposes Australian Pro-Death Website In New Zealand

Right to Life-New Zealand, in support of the right to life, opposes the establishment of websites in New Zealand to instruct or promote suicide. This society urges the government to take urgent action to amend the legislation to prevent the use of the internet in New Zealand to instruct or promote suicide.

It is the intention of Dr Philip Nitschke known as Dr Death to move Exit International's counseling service and website from Australia to New Zealand. This move is to circumvent the Suicide Related Material Offences Bill passed in the Australian Parliament in June. The legislation comes into effect on January 06. This Act makes it an offence to publish information on the internet that instructs or promotes suicide. Under the new laws fines up to $110,000 could be imposed on an individual. Euthanasia is part of a culture of death, it is a threat to the weak the handicapped and the aged. The Government has a duty to promote a culture of life and to protect the weak and the vulnerable and should act with urgency by legislative means along the lines of the Australian Bill, but suited to New Zealand.

Spokesperson

Peter Coleman

Ken Orr

Right to Life New Zealand Inc

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