Have your say
The Health Select Committee is currently conducting an investigation into ending one’s life in New Zealand.
Until 1 February 2016 the Committee called for written submissions. They are published at Parliament’s website.
A random analysis found that 78% of submissions are opposed to changing the law on assisted dying (assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia).
Email us your thoughts
Whether or not you wrote to the Committee, we would love to read what you think about suicide, assisted suicide and euthanasia. You are welcome to send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to contact Committee staff
If you have questions about your submission, you could contact the Clerk at email@example.com or 04 817 9520.
On 24 August 2016 the Committee started to hear oral submissions and announced their intention to give everyone the opportunity to speak who indicated that they are willing to do so.
If you would like to speak, email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm Sunday 8 January to register your interest.
If you would like specific help with preparing for your oral submission, you are welcome to email us a copy of your written submission, your name, phone number, and the date of your oral submission.
What is the investigation about?
The Committee is investigating:
- The factors that contribute to the desire to end one’s life.
- The effectiveness of services and support available to those who desire to end their own lives.
- The attitudes of New Zealanders towards the ending of one’s life and the current legal situation.
- International experiences.
The Committee intends to consider “all the various aspects of the issue, including the social, legal, medical, cultural, financial, ethical and philosophical implications”.
Here is an interview with Simon O’ Connor, the Chair of the Health Select Committee, about the scope of the investigation.
David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill is in the Members’ Ballot, where it stands a chance to be randomly drawn for debate. Sign up below to be notified when this happens and of important updates on the Health Select Committee investigation. Your information will be held securely in the Euthanasia-Free NZ database and will not be shared with any third party without your permission. You could unsubscribe at any time.