On Wednesday December 13th 2017, David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill passed its first reading at Parliament.
Since then the Justice Select Committee have reviewed submissions on the Bill, 90% of which called on Parliament not to pass it.
Soon MPs will be voting the Second Reading of the Bill.
We know that many MPs were influenced by the idea they should be ‘open’ to allowing New Zealanders to have a conversation about the Bill – and so now is the time to act once again.
1. Contact your local MPs and discuss your concerns about the Bill.
Your local MPs need to be aware that there are many people who directly oppose the Bill and are worried about the repercussions if it becomes law.
A list of the current Members of Parliament and their contact details can be found here.
Here is a list of top 5 points MPs need to know about the Bill.
2. Stay informed.
Download this Quick Facts sheet to keep yourself and those around you informed about what euthanasia is (and what it is not).
Check out the excellent videos created by #DefendNZ from people living with disabilities.
Euthanasia-Free NZ has also released a short video explaining euthanasia.
For more information about euthanasia in New Zealand, visit the Nathaniel Centre’s website (the Catholic Centre for Bioethics in New Zealand).