ACT Leader David Seymour is welcoming another poll that shows overwhelming public support for legalising assisted dying. The Horizon Poll commissioned by the End-of-Life Choice Society shows support at 75 per cent in favour, versus 11 per cent opposed.
The End of Life Choice Bill has been drawn from Parliament’s ballot.
“The campaign starts now,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
The police investigation and prosecution of Hutt Valley woman Susan Austen shows the need for Parliament to pass a law allowing medically assisted dying, David Seymour says.
“Whatever the outcome of Ms Austen’s case, it shows that people with terminal or incurable illness should be able to ask a doctor to help them die.”
“As it stands, if a person who is suffering from illness wishes to die they are driven either to commit
End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour has responded to reports of a woman charged with aiding a suicide.
“While politicians shouldn’t comment on the details of cases before the courts, the broad reality is clear: banning assisted dying is not preventing it from happening,” says Mr Seymour.
“The current law forces euthanasia underground, where there are no safeguards. Ill people are faced with the choice of committing amateur suicide or implicating loved ones in an illegal assisted death.
“It’s now impossible to deny public support for assisted dying,” says ACT Leader and End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour, “but that won’t stop the lowest opponents from stooping a little further.
“Deniers of public opinion on assisted dying are living in dreamland, an obvious example being Bob McCoskrie of Family First. I don’t know if it’s honesty or numeracy that he lacks, but not many people would describe a 16,000-person quantitative survey