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09 April, 2019
It’s another busy day of democracy in action. A major rally against David Seymour’s euthanasia Bill is underway in front of Parliament, with the Justice Select Committee reporting back to the house today.
But a group representing Pacific Island communities is against it. Here’s political reporter, Alex Mason. “The group says safeguards in the Bill will not protect the most vulnerable, particularily Pacific people who have some of the worst health statistics.
They say it ignores respectful customs surrounding death and would lead to the abuse of the elderly, ill and vulnerable, and distrust of the medical profession.
Hundreds have converged on Parliament calling for MPs to vote against legalising euthanasia.
The Pacific Islands End of Life Choice Bill Network says the Bill will deprive people of respectful customs around dying and death. Political reporter Alex Mason is there: “Protesters are singing and carrying signs saying ‘Life Is Sacred - Responsibility - Do Not Legalise [Ending It]’."
“The group says Pacific people recognise a patient’s ability to choose to opt out of treatments and let nature take it’s course. They’re arguing that instead of ending people’s lives, there should be more resources for palliative care.”