Assisted Suicide Opponent to Visit New Zealand
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Baroness Ilora Finlay – Palliative Care Physician And Assisted Suicide Opponent – to Visit New Zealand
Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff will be visiting New Zealand Monday, 26 June through Friday, 30 June. The Welsh professor of palliative medicine and cross-bench member of the House of Lords was last in New Zealand in 2012, when she debated Maryan Street on the merits of her End of Life Choices Bill. Baroness Finlay is eager to take part in discussions around David Seymour’s similar End of Life Choice Bill. The Baroness is opposed to the introduction of assisted dying.
Baroness Finlay served on the House of Lords Select Committee on Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill in 2005. This Committee conducted an extensive examination of the subject of assisted dying, culminating in a three-volume report to the UK Parliament.
Finlay is currently the co-Chairman of Living and Dying Well, a think tank to examine the evidence around euthanasia and assisted suicide. She has served as an expert witness on the topic for parliaments and courts the world over, as well as commenting in international media, including The New York Times, The Economist, and Australia’s ABC.
The Baroness will be making presentations in Wellington and Auckland, including a public panel discussion in parliament on Wednesday, 28 June, and a public conversation at Horse and Trap in Auckland on Thursday, 29 June.