Woodhouse steps into euthanasia debate

Michael Woodhouse. Photo: NZ Herald/file
Michael Woodhouse. Photo: NZ Herald/file
Dunedin National list MP Michael Woodhouse has stepped into the euthanasia debate, introducing an amendment to the End Life Choice Bill to allow organisations to have a conscientious objection to assisted dying in their facilities.

The Bill, sponsored by Act New Zealand leader David Seymour is back before Parliament today.

The contentious legislation is at its committee stage and a raft of proposed amendments have been introduced by opponents to try to slow its progress through the House.

Mr Woodhouse, who before entering Parliament ran surgical and aged-care facilities, said many organisations offering critical and palliative care were set up by groups with beliefs opposed to assisted dying.

''They may be faith-based or have a mission of care that recognises that dying is a natural part of life and that, while good care at the end of life is important, death should not be hastened.''

Mr Seymour had proposed to amend the Bill to allow individual clinicians to refuse to take part in an assisted dying process if they had a conscientious objection and it was only right to extend that to organisations, Mr Woodhouse said.

''That principle should apply to organisations on the basis that there will be sufficient choice offered by public providers and non-government organisations prepared to offer the service.'' Mr Woodhouse said.


But then also, should suffering be prolonged?

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