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New Zealanders have their say on dignity in dying, again

22 May 2019 10:17 AM | Philip Patston (Administrator)

by Maryan Street, EOLC President

As MPs cast their vote on the End of Life Choice Bill this month, a fresh Horizon Research poll confirms consistent surveys showing that fewer than one-in-five voters oppose a law change. 74% support end of life choice and only 19 % oppose it.

The research commissioned only last month, clearly reinforces the evidence that a majority of New Zealanders want to allow doctors to help the terminally ill to die painlessly and with dignity.

I am urging our supporters to keep up their efforts to bring these findings to the attention of MPs.

There is evidence some MPs may have been persuaded by the orchestrated numbers making select committee submissions and it is clear that emails opposing the bill have been unrelenting. Clearly this promulgation is far from representative of a strong public sentiment, as shown in yet another poll.

I hope that those MPs who are tending to oppose the bill, will vote for its second reading so that they can hand the final decision to the people in a referendum.

This important issue is very much alive and MPs need to represent the collective will of the people, for the sake of an electorate that consistently supports change, in order to give people the choice to die with dignity.

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