Life choice? A bill of worms

LETTER

Re: ‘Democratic responsibility’, March 16 story.

“A condition for assisted dying is that two doctors have to sign off on the assisted dying. If one of the doctors believes the patient does not understand the decision they are making, they must be referred to a psychologist.”

What? The doctor or the patient, or both together?

My life/my choice is a misnomer that may do the psychologist’s head in. Strictly speaking, it’s not only the patient’s choice but involves the choice of others.

Politicians like David Seymour need to codify everything in life so it all can be owned and controlled, even individual’s choices, through policies, laws, propaganda, blatant lies — our disposable culture, which money rules. The corporate world owns many doctors, psychologists and politicians.

A “democratic responsibility” to give people “dignity and control” throughout their life? Pass a bill that ends social/economic deprivation through extreme inequality, which is an established cause of sickness, illness and hopelessness.

We practice abortion through choice and necessity, so why not assisted dying? Because at the end of the day this bill is about economic expediency. Let euthanasia lie — the present “reality” ain’t broke.

Silent Amateur

Re: ‘Democratic responsibility’, March 16 story.

“A condition for assisted dying is that two doctors have to sign off on the assisted dying. If one of the doctors believes the patient does not understand the decision they are making, they must be referred to a psychologist.”

What? The doctor or the patient, or both together?

My life/my choice is a misnomer that may do the psychologist’s head in. Strictly speaking, it’s not only the patient’s choice but involves the choice of others.

Politicians like David Seymour need to codify everything in life so it all can be owned and controlled, even individual’s choices, through policies, laws, propaganda, blatant lies — our disposable culture, which money rules. The corporate world owns many doctors, psychologists and politicians.

A “democratic responsibility” to give people “dignity and control” throughout their life? Pass a bill that ends social/economic deprivation through extreme inequality, which is an established cause of sickness, illness and hopelessness.

We practice abortion through choice and necessity, so why not assisted dying? Because at the end of the day this bill is about economic expediency. Let euthanasia lie — the present “reality” ain’t broke.

Silent Amateur

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Martin Hanson - 4 months ago
I refuse to respond to someone who hasn't the courage to sign his or her name.

Tony Lee - 4 months ago
A confused letter that seems to be composed of a plea for economic justice and conspiracy. It concludes by suggesting the bill should fail since it has a cost-based focus. Bit difficult to take this too seriously.

Charmaine Fouhy - 4 months ago
Methinks the Silent Amateur should retreat to silence to re-contemplate the issues of this bill from "A humanitarian perspective and not economic presumption - as should more Kiwis.

John Fricker - 4 months ago
But you have responded Mr Hanson. I suppose the chance to insult another opponent was just too much for you to resist.

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