David Seymour welcomes report of Health Select Committee on Assisted Dying

BY David Seymour at 2 August, 2017

Today the report from the Health Select Committee on the Petition of Hon Maryan Street has been tabled in Parliament.

The petition asked that Parliament investigate the attitudes of New Zealanders towards ending one’s own life in New Zealand, and Maryan’s submission raised the arguments in favour of assisted dying as well as Lecretia Seales’ tragic story and her case in the High Court.

“The report confirms what we already knew,” Mr Seymour said.


Seymour challenges MPs to confront public opinion on assisted dying

BY David Seymour at 19 June, 2017

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.

Campaign to legalise assisted dying begins now

BY David Seymour at 8 June, 2017

The End of Life Choice Bill has been drawn from Parliament’s ballot.

“The campaign starts now,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Prosecution of Susan Austen shows need for reform

BY David Seymour at 13 May, 2017

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

Seymour responds to aided suicide case

BY David Seymour at 21 April, 2017

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.