Right to Life commends the Labour Party for its decision not to resubmit the contentious “End of Life Choice” bill to the Parliamentary ballot. The Labour leader Andrew Little, has said that the caucus will concentrate on supporting a Private Members bill to seek improved working conditions for workers.
The electorate will not be deceived by this cynical ploy of Labour in delaying the bill for strategic reasons. The bill has no merit and continues to be a threat to the most vulnerable members of our community, the aged, the disabled, the handicapped and those seriously ill. Parliament has no mandate to legislate for the legal killing of its citizens.
The objects of the bill are alien to the founding objectives of the Labour Party which was founded on a profound respect for the sanctity of life of every New Zealander from conception to natural death. The founder of the Labour Party, Michael Joseph Savage and other leaders like Walter Nash, Norman Kirk and David Lange, who served the Labour Party and our nation with distinction, would turn in their graves if they knew that this noxious bill was to have the support of the Labour caucus.
Right to Life earnestly requests that the Labour Party upholds the common good and acts in the very best interest of the most vulnerable members of our community by disowning and totally rejecting the “End of Life Choice “ bill, which would, if passed into law, promote a culture of death. The right to die would soon become a duty to die. Every person has a right to die with dignity, with high quality palliative care and without being killed by their doctor.