Assisted Dying Bill - Prayer and Preparation
At Synod this year the following motion was passed:
- Make submissions opposing the End of Life Choice Bill to their local MPs;
- Advocate increased spending on and resourcing for enhanced palliative and end-of-life care.
- To request Standing Committee to appoint a group to advise and comment on any amendments to the Bill.
On 13 November Parliament will vote on whether the End of Life Choice (euthanasia and assisted suicide) Bill should become law. If the majority of MPs vote against it, there will be no referendum.
In accordance with the motion passed at Synod, we urge you and your ministry unit to make submissions opposing this Bill. There are many ways to express your opposition to this Bill:
- Promote the resources we have developed to help people understand what is at stake.
- Join the gathering at Parliament in Wellington on Wednesday November 13 or call 0800 42 76 42 for more details.
- Consider signing up to this open letter to MPs prepared by a group in Wellington.
- Contact your local MPs (in a considerate, coordinated and collaborative way) to ensure your views are heard. See here for how your MP voted in the last reading.
- Read the new joint letter from Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops.
Finally, please plan prayer meetings on Wednesday November the 13th to pray for the process and all those involved in it. When you have made a plan let Stephen know and he will promote it online.
prayer meetings, november 13
- All Saints', 191 Sandwich Rd, Hamilton, 11am to 6pm
- St Luke's, St Luke's Place, Melville, Hamilton, 10am
- St Margaret's, Te Kauwhata, 9:30am