Last possible moment

LETTER

In response to Chris O’Brien (Wednesday, March 6 letter), I am both a Christian and a supporter of the End of Life Choice bill. I also have a two tumours in my brain that are terminal.

I believe that, yes, some do oppose assisted dying on religious grounds (ie suicide is a sin), yet no one has been able to refer me to a verse or chapter in the Bible that says this. In fact, there are nine recorded suicides in the Old Testament alone, with no condemnation of these in the verses which follow the recording of these.

I also believe that the majority of people who oppose the End of Life Choice bill do so out of something as simple as unintentional ignorance. They haven’t read the bill themselves, or don’t realise how many terrible ways there are to die as they have not been exposed to it.

Mine, for example: the cancer doesn’t actually end my life, but instead it works to shut my body functions down — one at a time. Most painkillers don’t work for me, so this will be painful.

In addition, while I would like this choice, I would want to use it at the last possible moment as I do not want to die. This way I would only be “escaping” from the final couple of weeks of extreme pain, both for me and my loved ones.

What is civil about a society that continues to put people through this?

Esther Richards, Tauranga

In response to Chris O’Brien (Wednesday, March 6 letter), I am both a Christian and a supporter of the End of Life Choice bill. I also have a two tumours in my brain that are terminal.

I believe that, yes, some do oppose assisted dying on religious grounds (ie suicide is a sin), yet no one has been able to refer me to a verse or chapter in the Bible that says this. In fact, there are nine recorded suicides in the Old Testament alone, with no condemnation of these in the verses which follow the recording of these.

I also believe that the majority of people who oppose the End of Life Choice bill do so out of something as simple as unintentional ignorance. They haven’t read the bill themselves, or don’t realise how many terrible ways there are to die as they have not been exposed to it.

Mine, for example: the cancer doesn’t actually end my life, but instead it works to shut my body functions down — one at a time. Most painkillers don’t work for me, so this will be painful.

In addition, while I would like this choice, I would want to use it at the last possible moment as I do not want to die. This way I would only be “escaping” from the final couple of weeks of extreme pain, both for me and my loved ones.

What is civil about a society that continues to put people through this?

Esther Richards, Tauranga

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Ian Wood, Mittagong, NSW - 2 months ago
My heart goes out to you, Esther. I am also one of the many Christians who support assisted dying choice. My hope is that sufficient MPs in New Zealand will have the compassion to pass a law to allow this option, in time to help you, just as we need it in every state and territory of Australia, and not just in Victoria.

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