New Zealand government does not support assisted suicide

Prime Minister John Key

Prime Minister John Key

By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The New Zealand media reported that the government will establish a "select committee" on euthanasia and assisted suicide, but it is not backing a bill to legalize assisted suicide.

The media reported that:

Prime Minister John Key is backing a select committee inquiry, but said a law change will only be debated if a members bill is submitted and drawn from the ballot. 
Key said some National MPs are deeply opposed to assisted death, and he doesn't think it would make it out of backroom discussion. 
"I don't think that we would, but some caucuses might, depending on the size of them and the sort of nature and make of them."

The New Zealand High Court decided on Friday, June 5 that only parliament can change the assisted suicide law.

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