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
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-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.
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’.
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 would make people 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.
Instead, we support the use of “euthanasia”and “assisted suicide”.
Every person is entitled to information about the negative side-effects and unintentional consequences of legalisation of voluntary euthanasia and/or assisted suicide in other jurisdictions.