Given that the quality of palliative care is so high in New Zealand, isn’t legalising euthanasia unnecessary?

Thu, 20 Aug, 2015

While pain can be substantially mitigated, the indignity of that final period of life remains a profound concern to many people. Many feel that we have increased the harm we inflict on people and denied them the basic comforts they most need in their final days. The loss of autonomy and dignity is a key factor here. This Bill will allow people at the end of their lives to determine how and when their life will end, if they should so choose. In practise overseas, most people have chosen to end their lives at home, with their loved ones, rather than in a medical environment surrounded by strangers.

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