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End of Life Choice Bill (Submissions)

End of Life Choice Bill: What can you do?

Many of you will be aware of the End of Life Choice Bill sponsored by Hon David Seymour MP. This Bill received its first reading 13/12/17 under urgency and is currently before a Select Committee

The Bill raises important ethical questions around suicide, euthanasia and assisted-dying, and it is critical that we understand what is proposed so that we can make sound submissions. In order to assist your understanding of the Bill - and its potential effects - we recommend the work of the Inter Church Bioethics Council (ICBC) which is endorsed by the Anglican Church. We trust this will help you formulate an opinion and equip you to make a submission before midnight on Tuesday, 20 February, 2018.

While Bishop Philip and a significant majority of the House of Bishops have made it clear that they do not support the Bill, you are encouraged to make submissions according to your conscience.

Next steps?

  1. Review the process and Bill online: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_74307/end-of-life-choice-bill
  2. Watch the video: https://notoassistedsuicide.nz/say-no-to-the-seymour-bill/what-is-euthanasia-tag/
  3. Read ICBC material
  4. Pray and discuss this in your ministry units/parishes (include in newsletter/pewsheet/website, etc)
  5. Make a submission by midnight Tuesday, February 20: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCJU_SCF_BILL_74307/end-of-life-choice-bill

 

God of compassion,

You know suffering and death.

You know our fears and anxieties.

Guide us with your Holy Spirit,

That we may discern your will,

And proclaim your Gospel.

Through Jesus Christ we pray.

Amen.

Story Published: 7th of February - 2018

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