‘The End of Choices Bill’

The New Conservative party is concerned that, despite its flaws and strong opposition to it, the government is going to pass the Euthanasia bill. Following the second reading of the “End of Life Choice Bill on 26th June, they pointed out that the public might very well wonder if all their efforts to make submissions to the Select Committee were worth it. 38,000 submissions were made and, of those, 91.8 percent were opposed to the bill. Also, 93.5 percent of medical practitioners were against the law.

While we understand the reasoning behind the Bill, it qualifies as poor law. It blurs the lines between what is legal and what is illegal.

Currently it is illegal to assist or support someone committing suicide. Period.

This provides a clear message that ending your life is not supported, endorsed, or by implication, accepted by society. We are ashamed of the suicide rate amongst our young people, and rightly so.

Under this bill exceptions are made, and therein lies the problem. Once you make one exception you will always be asked to make more. Ask any parent of teenagers.

They are quite right. Exceptions are the slippery slope. Given what we have seen happen with abortion law, it is inevitable that the same thing will happen with yet another law that legalises killing a human being.

The value of human life will become a legal debate, rather than an undisputed founding principle of society.

Internationally the expanding requirement for exceptions is occurring, with assisted suicide now available for young people in Belgium, and suicide being requested for persons suffering depression.

Medical practitioners don’t want it as they are committed to saving lives; disability groups don’t want it as those they represent are most at risk from abuse; hospice nurses don’t want it as they witness the special time that is created while they support families through the final stages of their loved ones’ lives.

We sympathise with those who have a terminal prognosis and who no longer wish to live, and would encourage investment in medical research, palliative care and support services. The potential cost of assisted suicide to the elderly, the disabled, and the vulnerable, means that this law will have a net negative impact. Probably the biggest negative impact is saying to people that it is OK to opt out of life.

The End of Life Choice Bill is also the End of Choices Bill, as there is no second chance with death.

“We ask our elected representatives to listen to the submissions and reject this bill as poor law.”

Leighton Baker, New Conservative Leader.