Recently I hosted a public information meeting here in Selwyn on the End of Life Choice Bill which is currently going through the Select Committee process in Parliament. The purpose of the meeting was to give local people the opportunity to hear from two Members of Parliament with contrasting views on this topic
The two speakers were David Seymour, the MP for Epsom, who has championed this Bill, and my colleague Maggie Barry, the MP for North Shore, who is National’s spokesperson for issues affecting our senior citizens.
Both speakers spoke thoughtfully on this topic and presented their respective views about assisted dying to the audience.
For those who were unable to attend the meeting and are interested to learn more about this topic, the aim of the Bill is to give people with a terminal illness or those suffering from a “grievous and irremediable” medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying.
One of the most important issues around this Bill for me personally is making sure that the appropriate safeguards are in place and the law is not capable of being misused.
The Justice Select Committee has received many submissions from members of the public, medical bodies and other organisations and the Committee is due to report back their recommendations by the end of March next year.
I have also received feedback from many people here in Selwyn who have strong views both for and against this Bill. In a recent survey that I sent to a random selection of local residents, the majority of respondents stated that they were in favour of giving the terminally ill the right to end their lives. If you would like to get in touch with me to share your views on this Bill, you can do so by emailing or phoning my electorate office.