ONE News 10 June 2013
An advocate of voluntary euthanasia says that it is “inevitable” that the practice will become lawful in New Zealand.
Melbourne-based urological surgeon Dr Rodney Syme believes that choosing when and how a person dies is a human right and says that he expects physician-assisted death to be made legal within the next decade.
Syme, who is visiting New Zealand for the Voluntary Euthanasia Society’s annual conference, admits helping hundreds of people to end their lives on their own terms.
…He told TV ONE’s Breakfast this morning that he thinks the practice has international support.
“It is inevitable, it has happened around the world, in a number of countries. Public support for it is overwhelming.
“I estimate that certainly within a decade, and hopefully long before then, we will have sensible law that protects human beings and human rights to die with dignity on their own terms,” he said.
Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland and in the US states of Washington, Oregon, Vermont and Montana.
In New Zealand, euthanasia and assisted suicide remains illegal, as set out under Section 179 of the Crimes Act.