Why should we force someone to live who wants to die? Why can’t a person have the right to choose euthanasia?
Why is Margaret Page, a woman who has been effectively paralysed since 1991, being forced to starve herself to death over weeks? Why can’t she have death with dignity if she, in sound mind as assessed by three psychologists, has decided that she doesn’t want to live in that condition any longer?
Imagine the determination it must take to starve yourself to death – to not eat for weeks on end as your body cries out for food. That is the measure of how sure Page is of her decision.
What right do we have to say ‘if you pass out, we’ll come in and try to save your life against your wishes’ and yet not give her the option of a humane way to end her life?
It is time to change the law so that New Zealanders are permitted what should be a basic and unquestioned right. The right to choose to end their lives when they choose by a humane method and with dignity.
I challenge an MP, perhaps Page’s electorate MP, to put up a private member’s bill and I challenge Parliament to back it, so that people no linger have to go through what Page is going through.
We wouldn’t force a life of terminal illness, constant pain, or paralysis on a dog. We should give ourselves the choice.