Euthanasia debate hits the courts

  • 27/04/2015

Pro-euthanasia advocates hope a case currently at the High Court will send a strong message to the Government.

Wellington woman Lecretia Seales was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour four years ago, and is now fighting for the right to end her own life with the help of her GP, if she chooses.

The Voluntary Euthanasia Society is also joining the fight, and president Dr Jack Havill wants Parliament to take notice.

"The law change needs to allow people who are terminal, who have unbearable, irreversible suffering to have the option of having a doctor assist them to die," he told RadioLIVE this morning.

Voluntary euthanasia is already legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Three out of four Kiwis support voluntary euthanasia, according to surveys.

"We would like politicians to really start taking notice of the majority of New Zealanders… who want legalisation of physician-assisted dying."

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