Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Seymour is grasping at straws to try salvage his Death Bill

Last night David Seymour published a 73-page Sponsor’s Report which includes several pages of amendments to his proposed End of Life Choice Bill, only three weeks after allegedly claiming that his Bill was “perfect”.

Before writing this report, he read only 226 of the over 36,000 submissions to the Justice Committee, despite a preliminary analysis showing that 92% of submissions are opposed to his Bill.

Seymour’s report is rife with alleged quotes from submitters without references.

He claims to have listened to submitters, but he dismisses the concerns from key submitters such as Hospice, who complained that the Bill does not allow conscientious objection for organisations who don’t want to be involved in euthanasia or assisted suicide (p.15).

“Seymour’s proposed amendments are cosmetic changes only. His Bill is still fundamentally dangerous,” says Renée Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ.

“It’s ludicrous and naïve of him to claim that “there is no risk of coercion of the vulnerable” (page 2), considering the high rates of relationship and elder abuse in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

Even with amendments this Bill would have a wide application

Seymour’s proposal to remove the “grievous and irremediable medical condition” eligibility clause would not ensure a narrow scope.

In Oregon, USA, a person is eligible to receive lethal drugs if they have been diagnosed with a

“terminal disease” that is expected to “produce death within six months”.

However, the official annual reports specifically mention some diseases that would not normally be classified as terminal illnesses, including diabetes, arthritis, Hepatitis C, endocarditis, arteritis, stenosis and sclerosis.

It has been confirmed by the Oregon Health Authority that if a person with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, foregoes treatment such as insulin injections, for any reason (including financial reasons or suicidal ideation) and thereby is likely to die within six months, the person becomes eligible for assisted suicide.

Euthanasia-Free NZ intends to publish a detailed response to Seymour’s claims and proposals.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Political Donations Scandals

Even paranoids have real enemies. While there has been something delusionary about the way New Zealand First has been living in denial about its donations scandal, one can sympathise with its indignation about Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges being among its chief accusers. Given that the National Party is enmeshed in a donation scandal of its own that shares the same core features, it is a bit like Al Capone being accused of wrongdoing by Bonnie and Clyde. Unfortunately, the entire country seems to be living in denial about the existence of these sort of shenanigans... More>>

First Published on Werewolf here


UN Expert: NZ Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response

This is a press statement from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing at the end of her 10-day visit to New Zealand. The Government of New Zealand has recognized that the country is facing a housing crisis, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur ... More>>


Water Woes: Wellington Reflects National Problem

Water utilities right across the country face major challenges to upgrade and maintain their underground three waters network. Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager, Noel Roberts says Wellington’s waste water woes are not unique to the capital city... More>>


2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>


Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>






InfoPages News Channels