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I am no longer a Select Committee virgin (aka Simon O'Connor asked me a question)

Posted by Philip on 14 October 2016, 4:33 pm in , , , , , , ,

This afternoon I presented to the Parliamentary ​Health Select Committee​ about my submission on Hon Maryan Street’s petition about voluntary euthanasia​ (or assisted dying). Imagine my delight when I saw, sitting in the sub-committee to which I was to present, Hon Simon O'Connor, the Committee's Chair​​, and Poto Williams, Labour's spokesperson on disability issues, whom I have met several times​. Score!

I began by acknowledging the death this morning of Helen Kelly who, in her struggle with cancer, lobbied for legalisation of both medical cannabis use and assisted​ dying (AD). Helen, if you're reading this somewhere and you had anything to do with ​the sub-committee make-up, many, many thanks.

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When too many rights make a wrong

Posted by Philip on 29 July 2015, 10:01 am in , , , , , , , ,

'Right' is an interesting word. It can refer to the state of being correct, a (legal) entitlement, a conservative political stance, the opposite direction to left, among other things.

But the belief that one is right about, or has a right to, a certain thing, with no willingness to change stance, can lead to a varying number of undesirable outcomes. It also ignores the diversity and complexity involved in a lot of decision-making processes.

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EOLC petition to Parliament

Posted by Philip on 23 June 2015, 11:41 am in , ,

I couldn't be at Parliament today but thanks to Maryan Street for reading my message:

Many disabled people oppose the legalisation of assisted dying, as they fear it will make people feel obliged to end their own lives so as not to be a burden on family, friends, and society. I strongly disagree – disabled people can also suffer from terminal illnesses and deserve the same rights to dignity and autonomy as non-disabled people. Conflating the issues of disability discrimination and assisted dying is not useful – we should not deny one right by promoting another. As a staunchly active disabled person, I value equally my right to live and my right to choose to end my life in the case of acute suffering.

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Assisted dying decision disappointing – I'm gutted

Posted by Philip on 5 June 2015, 3:07 pm in , ,

This morning I woke to the news that Lecretia Seales had passed away at 12.35am. As I write I am watching tweets from the NZ Herald that the Judge in her right-to-die case said no. I'm gutted about both.

I was a witness for Lecretia. I've kept quiet until now out of respect for her and her family. Now I feel compelled to reiterate my stance on voluntary euthanasia.

The following is taken from my affidavit. As I said in an email to Lecretia's lawyers this morning, I think this is such an important issue and I'm committed to doing what I can to ensure that it remains high in consciousness, in public and political spheres.

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