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Euthanasia may again test our politicians

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Latest Political News | Tuesday July 24 2012 5:30

Euthanasia may again test our politicians


The controversial topic of euthanasia could once again be about to test our politicians.

Labour's Maryan Street is submitting a Bill to the Members' ballot that would see euthanasia decriminalised.

There'd be strict conditions, such as two separate medical practitioners having to deem the person concerned is of sound mind, has a terminal illness and hasn't been coerced in any way.

Ms Street is hoping recent high profile cases will make MPs realise the time is right to take another look at the issue.

"There will come a time, and I hope it's now, if the Bill is drawn, that people think that this is the right place for New Zealand to be."

Ms Street is confident she has the right safeguards in place to make MPs feel comfortable about voting for the Bill.

"See what kind of protections I've put in place, what provisions are there for people, and they can then go ahead to consult with their constituents to make up their own minds because this will be a conscience vote."

The last time the issue was debated was 2003, when the Bill was lost by just two votes.

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