News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Nationwide Debate Urged On Euthanasia

Nationwide Debate Urged On Euthanasia

The Voluntary Euthanasia Society Auckland Inc. (VES) is urging nationwide debate on euthanasia as Parliament prepares to consider the Death with Dignity Bill.

The society has written individually to all Members of Parliament seeking support for the Bill, at least in its early stages. And it is urging members of the public to lobby their MPs to vote for the Bill to go through to Select Committee hearings.

Says VES (Auckland) secretary and official spokesman, Jack Jones: ³We have asked MPs, irrespective of their own personal views, to vote in favour of the Bill proceeding to the Select Committee stage. The voluntary euthanasia movement believes that this would enable a comprehensive, nationwide debate, which has been too long avoided.

³We are urging people to contact their MPs urgently to seek their support for the Bill to pass through to Select Committee hearings where the ordinary New Zealander will have an opportunity to make submissions. This would allow the consciences of the public at large to be given expression.²

Mr Jones says that a national consensus can only emerge through wide public debate.

³It¹s Parliament¹s decision in the end,² he says, ³but an issue as important and sensitive as this requires the strongest possible guidance from the general public.²

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Joel Coen's Monochromatic Macbeth

The Bard of Avon may well be smirking up the sleeves of his lace doublet at the irony of Will Smith's Oscar debacle, but now that the initial furore has dissipated, it's worth revisiting the movie for which Denzel Washington was also nominated. More>>

Howard Davis: Kenneth Branagh’s Black & White Belfast

Branagh has assembled a wonderful cast, including Ciarán Hinds, a gently formidable actor who well deserves his Oscar nomination, and Judi Dench, who steals every scene she’s in. More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland