Please join the peaceful demonstration outside Parliament on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 12 pm. It’s for everyone with concerns about the End of Life Choice Bill.

To request or offer transport, and to receive more details, go to http://tiny.cc/13Nov.

Afterwards interested people can watch Parliament’s final debate on this Bill from the public gallery. It will be from 4 to 6 pm and from 7.30 pm to about 8.30 pm. People who enter Parliament at around 1:45 pm would be more likely to find seats in the public gallery. Those who arrive later may be directed to an overflow room.

About Euthanasia-Free NZ

 

Euthanasia-Free NZ Inc. is a nationwide network of individuals from diverse professional and social backgrounds, with diverse philosophical and political beliefs.

We care about suffering people. 

We believe that the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide poses a great threat to the well-being of our society. As individuals we have diverse reasons why we have arrived at this view.

We are a single-issue, secular, non-profit organisation. We have no official position on any other social or political issue.

We will work with anyone who opposes the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide, for any reason, and irrespective of their views on other issues.

We are a member of the Care Alliance Charitable Trust as well as the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International.

We have no affiliation with any other organisation.

What we stand for

  

The right to palliative care

Every person is entitled to access excellent palliative care, allowing them to die comfortably, peacefully, with dignity, and with their pain controlled.

Palliative care is a patient-centred approach that aims to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the dying person and their family. It includes appropriate treatments in effective doses to address pain and other symptoms.

The right to refuse medical intervention

Every person has the right to refuse medical tests, treatment, resuscitation and/or life support.

These choices are not euthanasia or ‘assisted dying’.

There is an ethical difference between euthanasia and the withdrawal of medical intervention.

The right to natural death without pressure

Every person is entitled to die a natural death, free from any subtle or overt pressure to end their life prematurely.

Freedom from fear

Every person is entitled to live their life free from the fear that they would be judged as unworthy of living.

Each disabled, sick and elderly person is entitled to freedom from the fear that their quality of life would be judged as too poor to support.

Such judgments could make people vulnerable to euthanasia without their explicit request.

Clear terminology

We stand for a fair debate, based on proper legal terms that are well-defined.

Euphemisms such as “medical aid in dying”, “assisted dying”, “dying with dignity”, “end-of-life choice” and “right to die” are misleading. (See the 2017 Curia poll.)

Instead, we support the use of “euthanasia” and “assisted suicide”.

Informed debate

Every person is entitled to information about the negative side-effects and unintentional consequences of the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia and/or assisted suicide in other jurisdictions.