Ignoring people’s wishes

LETTER

It is disappointing that the Justice Committee in its report to Parliament has not recommended that the contentious and life-threatening End of Life Choice bill (EOLCB) be rejected and defeated at its second reading in May.

The committee has ignored the 38,707 written submissions made to the committee and the 3600 oral submissions. A careful analysis of the submissions by the Care Alliance reveals that 90.02 percent of written submissions were opposed to euthanasia and the EOLCB. This represents a clear message from the community that they do not support doctors being given the authority to kill their patients with a lethal injection or to assist in their suicide.

This is the biggest number of written submissions ever received by a select committee on a bill in New Zealand. Why then is this committee ignoring the wishes of the people of New Zealand and pursuing its own agenda?

It is also disappointing that Jacinda Ardern and Paula Bennett, who have been elected to protect us, support changing the law prohibiting homicide to allow doctors to kill their patients.

There is no dignity in being killed by your doctor, who has been trained to care for us and not to kill.

Ken Orr, Christchurch

It is disappointing that the Justice Committee in its report to Parliament has not recommended that the contentious and life-threatening End of Life Choice bill (EOLCB) be rejected and defeated at its second reading in May.

The committee has ignored the 38,707 written submissions made to the committee and the 3600 oral submissions. A careful analysis of the submissions by the Care Alliance reveals that 90.02 percent of written submissions were opposed to euthanasia and the EOLCB. This represents a clear message from the community that they do not support doctors being given the authority to kill their patients with a lethal injection or to assist in their suicide.

This is the biggest number of written submissions ever received by a select committee on a bill in New Zealand. Why then is this committee ignoring the wishes of the people of New Zealand and pursuing its own agenda?

It is also disappointing that Jacinda Ardern and Paula Bennett, who have been elected to protect us, support changing the law prohibiting homicide to allow doctors to kill their patients.

There is no dignity in being killed by your doctor, who has been trained to care for us and not to kill.

Ken Orr, Christchurch

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Bulldozerdan - 3 days ago
Ken, please leave our city newspaper alone. You have your own rag, write your letters to them.
If I was to let an old dog wither away and die like we do with humans I would be arrested for cruelty by the popo. There's no dignity to dying when you're that screwed you can't wipe your own butt.

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