Stuff.co 26 Sept 2013
A bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia has been withdrawn amid fears it would become a political football during election year.
Labour MP Maryan Street withdrew her End of Life Choice Bill before today’s member’s bill ballot.
Street said there would probably be only two more days this year in which member’s bills would be considered by the House.
“Anything that is drawn, including the ones drawn today, will be debated in election year, and I don’t want my bill debated in election year,” she said.
“I’m concerned that it would not get the treatment it deserves. It needs sober, considered reflection, and that’s not a hallmark of election years in my experience.”
The move was simply pragmatism, she said, and she “absolutely” planned to put it back in the ballot after the election.