Maryan Street’s End of Life Choice Bill may have been withdrawn from the ballot, however, efforts to garner more support from the general public for legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand have not disappeared.
Without the direct possibility of the draft bill being drawn from the ballot and being debated and voted on in the house, pro-euthanasia advocates are utilising every possible opportunity to promote their agenda. That way, when the time comes, and the Bill is replaced into the ballot and drawn, public opinion will, they hope, have been swayed enough to make this attempt an easy win.
The news site Stuff is currently running stories written by the public about euthanasia. So far, the majority are pro-euthanasia, although the odd pro-life article has managed to get through.
Stuff are asking you to contribute with these questions in mind?
Should the government look in to a law change around terminally ill people choosing to end their own lives? How did you or do think you would feel if a close relative battling illness asked you to assist them in ending their own life?
Do you think the government should step in and make changes, or is this not an issue that should be up for debate?
In these busy days leading up to the joyous celebration of the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, it is difficult to find time for anything outside of our commitments. This assignment though, is an important one. One that is worth the time and effort. Your opinion matters. Your voice needs to be heard. Please join me (and the few others that have already done so) in speaking up for life and for Truth.
You might find the following helpful:
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide by Fr Clovis
Euthanasia: What it is and what it is not
Top reasons why euthanasia hurts individuals and society
Declaration on Euthanasia Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) John Paul II
Salvifici Doloris (On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering) John Paul II
Kill the pain not the patient: A 17-year-old speaks out on euthanasia by Lia Mills
Recent news stories from around the world on euthanasia can be found here.