‘It’s critical that this (Euthanasia) Bill be amended’ – Disability Commissioner

TVNZ One News 1 May 2018
Family First Comment: We think they meant to say “It’s critical that this Bill be killed!”
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ACT MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill is currently sitting in the Select Committee stage, however Disability Commissioner Paula Tesoriero hopes the bill will undergo changes before it moves to the Second Reading.

The Bill “gives people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying”.

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero spoke to 1 NEWS specifically about her concerns around the “grievous and irremediable medical condition” requirement of the bill, after she released her Submission of the Disability Rights Commissioner to the Justice Select Committee on the Bill.

“It’s critical that this Bill be amended at Select Committee stage, because right now, the way the Bill is drafted is open to a very wide interpretation of who could be included in certain circumstances. I am very concerned about the impact of that, particularly on disabled New Zealanders.”

Ms Tesoriero said she wanted to discuss the issue, making sure there was the creation of “robust debate about what this means for conditions beyond those which are terminal”.
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