Euthanasia campaigner appeals to public for support
OneNewsNow 18 January 2016
The euthanasia debate has fired up again with an alliance of religious and medical groups urging caution after a euthanasia campaigner called for more submissions to Parliament in support of a change in the law.
Following a petition to Parliament to consider voluntary euthanasia, its health select committee is taking public submissions on the matter, and they close in two weeks on February 1.
Matt Vickers, whose wife Lecretia Seales died from a brain tumour while campaigning for euthanasia, is calling on people to make a submission.
He’s concerned that submissions to the select committee so far are split about 50-50.
But the Care Alliance, made up of religious, medical and social groups, wants submitters to consider if vulnerable people would be put at risk.
“We have terrible statistics in New Zealand around elder abuse,” said Matthew Jansen, Care Alliance secretary.
“It’s at least 10 per cent and probably a lot higher. And that’s financial abuse and physical abuse and emotional abuse.”