About Euthanasia-Free NZ
Who are we?
Euthanasia-Free NZ Inc. is a nationwide network of individuals from diverse professional and social backgrounds, with diverse philosophical and political beliefs.
Some of our supporters agree with voluntary euthanasia in principle in certain individual cases. A notable example is Dr Kevin Yuill, whose public talks we hosted in May 2015. However, we are all united in the belief that the legalisation of euthanasia – voluntary or not – and assisted suicide poses a great threat to the wellbeing 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 Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International.
We are also a founding member of the Care Alliance Charitable Trust: a group of individuals and organisations who want better conversations about dying in New Zealand. We say “Yes!” to caring for suffering and vulnerable people, but we say “No!” to the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
We have no affiliation with any other organisation.
What do we stand for?
- We stand for the right of every person to receive excellent palliative care, allowing him or her to die comfortably, peacefully, with dignity, and with their pain controlled. (Palliative care is holistic care, that aims to meet the physical, psychological. social and spiritual needs of a dying person and their family. It includes appropriate treatments in effective doses to address pain and other symptoms.)
- We stand for the right of every person to die a natural death, free from any subtle or overt pressure to end their life prematurely.
- We stand for the right of every person to refuse medical treatment, resuscitation and/or life support.
- We stand for the right of every disabled, chronically ill and aged person to live their lives free of the fear that they will be judged by others as not worthy of living; or fear that the quality of their lives will be judged as too poor to be worthy of support, making them vulnerable to euthanasia without explicit request.
- 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.
- We stand for the right of every person to be informed about the negative side-effects and unintentional consequences of legalisation of voluntary euthanasia and/or assisted suicide in other jurisdictions.