Supporters hope the inquiry will be an important step towards a law change.
In releasing the terms of reference, National MP Simon O’Connor, the health committee chair, said the subject would concern many New Zealanders and as such deserved a thorough examination.
Today’s announcement comes after a petition from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society by supporters including Matt Vickers, the husband of the late Lecretia Seales.
Its inquiry will cover:
• The factors that contribute to the desire to end one’s life.
•The effectiveness of services and support available to those who desire to end their own lives.
• The attitudes of New Zealanders towards the ending of one’s life, and the current legal situation.
• International experiences of the issue.
Mr O’Connor said the committee wants to hear from all interested groups and individuals.
Euthanasia inquiry to start at select committee
3News 27 August 2015
Kiwis are being encouraged to speak up about voluntary euthanasia and whether it should become law in New Zealand.
A select committee’s begun an inquiry after a 9000-signature petition was presented to Parliament.
Family First believes euthanasia will send a “dangerous message” to society about the suicide and the value of life.