'Just do it': Terminal patient pleads politicians to pass euthanasia Bill

Dave Mullan is a former Methodist preacher who has been living with prostate cancer for 18 years, but medication to stop the spread is no longer working.

He made an impassioned plea on Newshub Nation this morning for politicians to support the End of Life Choice Bill as it heads to its second reading in parliament this week.  

"Look, we know all the facts. We know what it's all about. Just make a decision. And if you've got some doubts about it, try and focus on just the small number of people who are going to be affected.

"It might be only 10 people in the first month or the first year. It's not a whole crowd of people. And nobody else's rights are interfered with. Just do it."

Mullan dismissed the idea that advanced palliative care could take the place of new legislation for euthansia. He says he wants to have the option to end his life when he is "screaming with pain and it is not being dealt with".

"If I'm one of those people who has a pain that cannot be treated, I want to hold up my hand and say, 'This is it. I'm out of here.'"

The End of Life Choice Bill was introduced by ACT party Leader David Seymour last year, and attracted more submissions from the public than any other Bill in New Zealand history.

Two previous attempts at legalised assisted dying - one in 1995, the other in 2003 - both failed at the first reading.

Watch the video for the full interview.

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