Stuff co.nz 30 May 2014
Decriminalising voluntary euthanasia could usher in an era of “therapeutic killing”, a new report warns.
The Family First-commissioned report “Killing Me Softly – Should Euthanasia be legalised” by law professor Rex Ahdar from Otago University, warns of the potential for further elder abuse with voluntary euthanasia.
Ahdar says while safeguards can be put in place, they can only go so far and would likely be abused.
He says terminally ill people and those with other serious conditions were vulnerable to self-imposed pressure.
Ahdar’s report says the majority of the medical profession around the world are against introducing voluntary euthanasia.
Family First commissioned the report after Labour MP Maryan Street promised to look at changing the law after September’s election.