10 November 2019
Doctors’ letter opposing euthanasia gets 1,500th signature
The ‘Doctors Say No’ Open Letter opposing euthanasia has recently received its 1,500th signature, appealing to MPs at
this final hour, to vote down the euphemistically titled “End of Life Choice” bill.
Organiser Dr Sinead Donnelly, a Wellington-based Palliative Medicine specialist, says she is humbled by the response.
“We started with a very simple one-page website and it has just snowballed, which highlights the significant concerns of
doctors with this bill.”
The Open Letter states that ‘Doctors want no part in assisted suicide’, noting the World Medical Association and the New
Zealand Medical Association positions that “physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are unethical, even if they were
made legal.” The World Medical Association representing physicians in 123 countries last month re affirmed that
euthanasia is not part of medical practice.
Dr Donnelly says that David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill “only includes doctors to provide a cloak of medical
legitimacy. “Killing is not caring. It does not require any medical skills, it just requires the abandonment of medical
She has a simple message to Members of Parliament as they approach the Bill’s 3rd and final Reading next week: “If you
are really determined to legalise euthanasia, find another profession to do it. Please leave doctors out of it so that
we can focus on caring for our patients.”
Doctors Say No will present this letter to MP’s this week and will be represented at the people’s gathering outside
Parliament midday on Wednesday, November 13th in advance of the final reading of the bill.