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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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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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The courage to choose death

Posted by Philip on 6 August 2013, 1:16 pm in , , , ,

This morning I received an email from Peter Taylor, whom I've known as an acquaintance through gay circles for many years, but got to know quite well in 2011 when he was a participant on the Be. Leadership programme, which I co-direct.

His bio on the Speakers NZ website reads, in part:

"...At the Barcelona Olympics, Peter was infected by a sand fly, transmitted by a parasite after patting a dog and the subsequent infection destroyed his bone marrow and attacked the internal organs. He has been told he would die four times and needs continual treatments of chemotherapy to manage the chronic illness ... He has received 870 doses of chemotherapy over the past fifteen years. He is also the only person in the world to have lived this long with this particular parasitic infection, visceral Leishmaniasis Donavanni."

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