After spending more than two years hearing submissions and public opinions on assisted dying, parliament’s health select committee has released its findings without a single recommendation.
Four in five people who contacted the committee during an investigation of public attitudes toward euthanasia legislation were opposed to the idea.
The committee received more than 21,000 submissions while investigating public views toward assisted dying for the terminally ill and those with irreversible conditions, based on a petition by former Labour MP Maryan Street.
In a report released today, the committee chaired by Simon O’Connor, concluded no recommendations would be made and any decision on the issue would generally be a conscience vote.
“This issue is clearly very complicated, very divisive, and extremely contentious,” they said.
The report comes as Act leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choices Bill is expected to come before parliament, though it’s unlikely to have its first reading before parliament rises in three weeks ahead of next month’s election.
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