With Labour MP Maryan Street's End-of-Life Choice Bill
sitting in the ballot box, the euthanasia discussion will
come to the fore in Queenstown on Monday in the form of a
Yvonne Shaw is an end-of-life rights advocate from Oregon, in
the United States, and is visiting New Zealand for a series
of forums as a guest of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of
New Zealand. Ms Shaw previously worked in the administration
of the Death with Dignity Act in Oregon.
The option for the terminally ill to choose assisted death
has been legal for 15 years and in that time about 700 people
with terminal illnesses have chosen that option.
''Oregonians don't use the Death with Dignity Act often,'' Ms
''But they like the reassurance of knowing that should they
need to, they can access a graceful death on their own terms,
without jeopardising their families or doctors.''
Assisted death is also legal in other American states, such
as Washington and Montana.
The Queenstown forum will be held at the St John rooms, 10
Douglas St, Frankton, from 6pm on Monday, February 25.