Of all the human rights, where is our right to die?

Lecretia Seales is dying of a brain tumour, and is lobbying the government to reform the laws on assisted dying.

The 41-year-old Wellington senior public lawyer was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and is having palliative chemotherapy.

She believes it is a fundamental human right that she should be able to say goodbye to her husband and family at a time of her choosing and while she remains fully conscious.

If I had this right, I wouldn?t be going out tomorrow and exercising it, but it would be comforting to know I had that right.

Former Labour MP Maryan Street had been trying to change the law with her End of Life Choice Bill, but the bill she introduced was withdrawn from the ballot late last year.

Yes. ?They didn’t want to get messed up by their Dirty Politics strategy. ? But it needs to come back. ?

Ms Seales believes there is widespread public support for law reform, and she wants Members of Parliament to have the courage to address the question.

Prime Minister John Key has said he supports voluntary euthanasia under limited circumstances, and believes a member’s bill before parliament is the right way to debate the issue, but believes Ms Street?s bill went too far.

Opponents of voluntary euthanasia say any law on assisted dying would send the wrong signal to society?s most vulnerable, and the ?right to die? could easily morph into a ?duty to die?.

Twelve years ago, former New Zealand First MP Peter Brown?s “Death with Dignity? bill was narrowly defeated 60-58 in its first reading in parliament.

Somehow it’s more important to choose a new flag than it is to show love and compassion for those that slowly and painfully wither away.

 

– RNZ

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