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Across the country, people have been discussing whether New Zealand should have a euthanasia law, a law which enables individuals to receive assistance from a medical practitioner to die under certain circumstances.  

Last year a Bill, a draft law, was brought to Parliament by ACT New Zealand Party Leader, David Seymour MP for discussion. The debate will continue in Parliament, and within communities, before a decision is made to adopt or reject the proposed End of Life Choice legislation in New Zealand.

I write to invite you to listen, and contribute, to a debate on this complex issue.  It is a very challenging matter and it is important for decision-makers to hear as many views as possible.  Parliament has already received and is considering, many professional and public opinions on euthanasia.

Many people in Wairarapa have already expressed their views to me.  They have told me that they are concerned that, should the bill become law, assisted dying would rapidly expand beyond what was first intended.

Some people believe that many vulnerable people living with ill-health may choose to end their lives as they ‘cost too much’ for their families. Supporters of euthanasia have told me that they fear pain or lack of dignity for themselves or for loved ones, and ask that the choice should be available for an individual to make. 

You may already have an opinion or you might like to learn more.  Please come along to listen to David Seymour MP and Maggie Barry MP as they debate aspects of the proposed End of Life Choice Bill:

What: End of Life Debate

When: Monday 23 July, 6pm

Where: Carterton Events Centre

I look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely,

Alastair

Submission Received: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_74307/tab/submissionsandadvice

Bill: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2017/0269/latest/DLM7285905.html

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