Opponents of right-to-die bill speak out

Opponents of right-to-die bill speak out

ACT Leader David Seymour says his newly launched right-to-die bill will give terminally ill people a fair choice to end their life how they want.

But opponents say it's dangerous and could see dying people taken advantage of.

It's a slim chance, but Mr Seymour is hopeful his bill will be pulled from the ballot. He says it's about choice, and that giving someone who is dying the choice is the right thing to do.

"Only the person in the situation can truly know how they feel and what choice they would like to make," Mr Seymour says.

Also hopeful is the husband of Lecretia Seales, the lawyer who took her fight for the right to die to the High Court.

Ms Seales died two days after court rejected her bid, ruling it was up to Parliament to address.

Care Alliance opposed Ms Seales in the High Court and a spokesperson for the company, Matthew Jansen, says the Bill is dangerous.

"Can you really be absolutely sure that every person who goes through really gave their consent? That's a big question."

But Mr Seymour says his bill is safeguarded and the person must be 18, a New Zealand citizen, have a terminal illness likely to end their life within six months and fully understand the consequences.

Once they request it, it'll become a legal process and will have to be approved by two doctors.

Former Labour MP Maryan Street put up a right-to-die bill in 2012 but it wasn't drawn. She spoke to a parliamentary committee looking at euthanasia and has a simple message for MPs.

"Be brave, listen to the people around you and do something brave."

It's now down to the luck of the draw for Mr Seymour's bill. It's up against 72 others, but it could be drawn as early as tomorrow.

If it does get drawn it'll be down to each individual MP and their conscience to decide how they vote.

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