Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Physician Assisted Dying (PAD)
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.
World Expert to Tour New ZealandDr Rob Jonquiere, a principal architect of the Dutch euthanasia legislation and one of the world's leading campaigners for medically-assisted dying, will tour New Zealand to speak on the issue from 19 February to 12 March 2015 - Dates and locations will be advised when confirmed.
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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