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The campaign for end of life choice begins in earnest

MEDIA RELEASE: 12 December 2017

The campaign to persuade MPs to change the law to allow medically assisted dying in New Zealand is poised to start in earnest tomorrow (Wednesday 13 December) with the likelihood that David Seymour's End-of Life Choice Bill will get its first reading, EOLC President Maryan Street said today.

"We have been waiting for this moment for a very long time," she said. "If any MP has reservations about this Bill, they should vote for the first reading so that it can go to select committee for submissions to be received.

"That way they can find out what it is really about, the safeguards provided in it and the checks and balances to be followed. In those respects, it is similar to legislation in other jurisdictions around the world.

"75% of New Zealanders support or strongly support this legislation. It is about compassion - pure and simple.

"We encourage every MP to consider how much this is supported across the spectrum of our communities and to exercise their conscience vote in a way that reflects that feeling," she said.

"We want people to have the confidence that they have the choice to die well, not badly, at the end of a terminal illness or when they can no longer bear their irremediable condition. We want them to have a choice.

"No more people will die because of this legislation, but fewer will suffer," said Maryan Street.

Contacts:       Maryan Street            021 977 555

                        David Barber              021 072 8760

The campaign for end of life choice begins in earnest

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