Heather Major: a tireless advocate against this ill prepared Bill
The Four Camps
Read exactly what the EOLC Bill says here for yourself
Fears of the Elderly
80% of New Zealanders are still confused
- Heather decided to return to Garden Place after reading a nationwide Curia poll from 30th September that found that about 80% of New Zealanders are still confused about what the End of Life Choice Act would legalise.
- Less than a third (28%) of people surveyed knew that this Act would make euthanasia available to people even if they don’t have any physical pain.
- Only 21% knew that this Act would not make it legal to have life support machines turned off. “Most people don’t realise turning off life-support is one of several existing end of life choices we can name in an Advanced Care Plan already”, Heather said.
- Just 18% were aware that terminally ill people who meet all the eligibility criteria but also have depression or another mental illness, would indeed be allowed assisted dying under this Act.
Alarm bells for Heather
No Witnesses required ???
There are no witnesses at any point in the process in the proposed Act including the day the lethal dose is administered which doesn’t protect the person or the doctor.
About 41% of respondents assumed that the Act would require two witnesses when a person signs their euthanasia request in front of the doctor and about 40% were unsure. Only 18% knew that the Act does not include this safeguard.
Parliament did not discuss why the witnesses were left out of the law New Zealand is voting on. This is despite the fact that it has been included in the assisted dying laws of Canada; Victoria and Western Australia; and nine US states.