Right to Life is disappointed at the deceptive and biased national poll conducted in March by Research New Zealand. The poll is a disservice to the whole community especially the disabled, the aged and those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s This poll does not contribute to an informed debate on whether Parliament should change the law on homicide to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.
The following questions were asked in the poll:
1. Suppose a person has a painful incurable disease. Do you think that doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life if the patient requests it?
2. Still thinking of that person with a painful incurable disease, do you think that someone else, like a close relative, should be allowed by law to help end the patient’s life, if the patient requests it?
The questionnaire fails to recognise a number of dangerous provisions in the contentious, End of Life Choice Euthanasia Bill. which although currently withdrawn from the ballot still remains in contention. Firstly this bill drafted by Labour MP, Maryan Street, provides for any person who is disabled or who has a condition that in the patient’s view results in a quality of life that is unacceptable to the patient, may request to be killed by their doctor. That means that any person who has a disability or has a condition like depression, dementia or Alzheimer’s, may request that a doctor give them a lethal injection. It means that even teenagers who are experiencing ongoing severe depression may be eligible for being euthanased by a doctor.