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The Salvation Army says they will not be supporting the End of Life Choice Act, recognising there are ‘diverse’ opinions in New Zealand about euthanasia and assisted dying.
Upon the view that the Salvation Army holds as Christians, the value of life leads to the natural process of dying that requires a lot of care from rest home workers and medical staff at hospitals—further saying that there should be better ways to deal with someone suffering rather than ending a life of those who suffer.
Since the not-for-profit commits most of its resources to work with and for the vulnerable and marginalised, the Army believes that the End of Life Choice Act is a ‘flawed piece of legislation’.
A strong point of view is that the proposed Act has no sufficient safeguards and could increase vulnerability to specific individuals; for instance, the Act requires no witnesses what-so-ever. Assisted death from the Act can happen within four days of a request being made, a too dire consequence that loved ones may not be notified about.
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Assisted death accordingly also is not limited to a ‘last resort’ and can still take place to happen if a person is being pressured.
“Taken together, these factors inevitably increase vulnerability for New Zealanders facing such a significant moment in their life,” said the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army says that they will not support the End of Life Choice Act completely and is actively encouraging New Zealanders to vote ‘no’.