Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Lecretia Seales believes ill people enduring intolerable suffering with no hope of recovery should have the choice to request assistance to end their lives.
You Can Help Her
If you or a loved one were afflicted with a terminal illness, and were facing prolonged agony and suffering, with no hope of recovery, what decisions would you want to be able to make? What choices would you want to have?
Lecretia is pursuing compassion through the courts, but if she receives a favourable ruling it will be for her specific circumstances. But what about you and the ones you love? What about people that don’t have the resources to petition the courts? Shouldn’t our laws provide a way for our suffering, terminally ill citizens to take control of the manner in which they die, without requiring them to take legal action?
If you believe that terminally ill New Zealanders in pain or suffering should be able to choose how and when they end their lives, there are a number of things you can do to help:
Spread the Word
We really appreciate your attention and interest. If you haven’t already, please like Lecretia’s Facebook page. But the most effective thing you can do is to share Lecretia’s Facebook page to your own timeline by clicking the Share link below, to share Lecretia’s story with your friends. The more people that are aware of the issue, and the more informed their opinions, the more likely we are to have a quality national debate about end-of-life care and death with dignity.
Write to Party Leaders
Since Andrew Little buried Ian Lees-Galloway’s End of Life Choice Bill, no elected representatives have taken responsibility for reviewing right to die laws, and some parties are actively forbidding their MPs from doing so. One of the most powerful things you can do is to write to your favoured party leader to tell them how important this issue is to you, and why. If you have seen a family member suffer unnecessarily, or have concerns of your own about how you will experience end-of-life care, please tell your favoured party leader about it. Let them know you care about their views and support for end-of-life choice. Let them know that your vote is contingent on them listening.
Sign the Voluntary Euthanasia Society Petition
The Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand is pulling together a petition to present to government, asking our elected representatives to review public attitudes towards the introduction of legislation to allow medically assisted dying. Presently, a written, inked petition carries more weight in the House of Representatives than an online petition, which is why the we ask you to print and sign the linked document and send it to the VES, rather than sign an online petition to the same effect.
In order for your signature to be counted, you must be over 18, a resident or citizen of New Zealand, and you must supply your address.
Gathering signatures from friends and family to fill out one of the linked sheets to be sent to the address provided would be hugely appreciated. Thank you.
In "News", you'll find YouTube links to one of Dr Rob Jonquière's presentations.
We are planning to present a Petition to the House of Representatives.
NOTE - it is essential that the people who sign are over 18 years old, are NZ residents or citizens and that we have their address. Also please try to ensure that people don't sign multiple times.
A sample of people signing the petition will be verified so it is very important that the signatories are "valid" or the petition will be discredited.
Please follow this link to the petition document and download and print as many copies as you need.
Here are some recently published, useful and interesting statistics on what the New Zealand public think about Physician-assisted dying (PAD). This was published Dec 2014 by an Auckland University group in a distinguished Palliative Care Journal USA. As you will see, the results show the high value respondents place on patient autonomy with regards to End-of-Life Choices, and 82% want legalisation of PAD.
Guide to Dying- Your Way
When thinking about dying, it’s easy to forget that you may be in a situation where you are unable to speak for yourself, unable to communicate what you do and don’t want – for example, after a head injury, stroke or heart attack – or you may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other health issues that could alter your quality of life.
An Advance Directive specifies what you do and don’t want, written down, witnessed and signed. You can purchase our Guide to complete your AD for healthcare here: Purchase Advance Directives
The Hon. Maryan Street, MP, Labour, sponsored the End-Of-Life Choice Bill. It includes safeguards for aid-in-dying, such as:
Protection from prosecution for doctors and family members
Requires patients to submit 2 written requests for the medication.
The participation of 2 doctors
Such safeguards insure that the law is used as it is intended, and is accessible to those who qualify.
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