The Kapiti-Horowhenua branch of the End of Life Society thanks the 961 residents in the Otaki electorate who signed their petition requesting Hon Nathan Guy to vote YES to the End of Life Choice Bill at its second reading. This will be a conscience vote for MPs and should take place sometime before the end of July.
The petitioners believe it is inhumane to force terminally ill patients or those with a grievous, irremediable medical condition to endure hopeless, unbearable suffering against their will.
They request the legal possibility of a merciful release under the strictly controlled conditions spelled out in David Seymour’s assisted dying Bill.
National MP Nathan Guy received the petition. He voted YES at the first reading to allow the debate to take place but has not yet made up his mind how he will vote at the second reading.
Signatures were collected at market stalls and shopping malls up and down the Kapiti Coast.
MP David Seymour pointed out that 961 signatories comprise almost 2 percent of the Otaki electorate's population and that the significance of this result as a volunteeer effort would not be lost on the sitting MP.
Press statements were sent to five local newspapers and to the Dominion Post.