A bill that will legalise voluntary euthanasia has been launched by ACT leader David Seymour.
The controversial issue is the subject of a parliamentary inquiry, following Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales’ bid for the courts to rule in favour of assisted suicide.
The End of Life Choice Bill is a response to the anguish faced by a small but significant minority of people with terminal illness or who are grievously and irremediably ill, as they anticipate the prospect of intolerable suffering and the indignity of the final few days and weeks of their lives. It will take months for the private bill to be processed, and if it is chosen from the ballot, it will be a conscience vote.
Student journalist Imogen Atkins gauges Auckland opinion on the legalisation of euthanasia: