The following media release is authorised by and made on behalf of Euthanasia-Free New Zealand by spokesperson Professor
Emeritus David E. Richmond MD FRACP FRCP(Lond.)
WITHDRAWAL OF MP MARYAN STREET’S END OF LIFE CHOICE BILL GIVES TIME FOR THE NATION TO BE PROPERLY INFORMED ABOUT THE
HAZARDS OF LEGALISED EUTHANASIA.
MP Maryan Street’s reluctant withdrawal of the End of Life Choices Bill from the Parliamentary ballot system until after
the next election will provide the much needed time to educate the N.Z. community and Members of Parliament about the
hazards of legalising euthanasia said Professor Emeritus David Richmond, spokesperson for Euthanasia-Free New Zealand.
Public opinion polls that appear to show a majority in favour of legalising euthanasia reflect the one-sided nature of
the debate thus far in New Zealand – largely the fault of the media - the simplistic nature of the questions asked and
the ignorance of the majority of New Zealanders about the wider issues involved, he said. He called for a redoubling of
efforts on the part of all groups and organisations opposed to the Bill to alert the public to the danger to society,
including the loss of human freedom, that accompanies legalised euthanasia. It is, he said, quite clear that the
withdrawal of the Bill is politically motivated and that it will re-appear on Parliament’s agenda after the next
election. It will be important by then that the majority of constituents should be of a mind to influence their local
MPs to vote the Bill down, he concluded. ENDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
September 27th. 2013