Information on Bill & Parliamentary Process
You can read the EOLC Bill here: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2017/0269/latest/DLM7285905.html
This potential legislation is now being considered by the Justice Select Committee.
Written submissions are now open and will close at midnight on Tue March 6th, 2018 (this is a 2 weeks extension from the original date). You can make a submission online:
It is expected the committee with also hear oral submissions (in person or via phone) and you can request to appear before the select committee in your written submission.
This chart provides a helpful overview of the Select Committee process: https://www.parliament.nz/media/1876/the-select-committee-submission-process.pdf
The family first organisation has produced a helpful and comprehensive submission guide: https://rejectassistedsuicide.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Submission-Guide-2018-Web-version.pdf
This guide is useful to point people to who would like to make a submission but would also like to know more about this issue.
The NZMA submission is excellent, it can be read here.
The InterChurch Bioethics Council has a very different but also very good submissions and can be read here.
Who would be eligible for a doctor to help kill them under the bill?
Copied from the EOLC Bill.
person who is eligible for assisted dying means a person who—
(a) is aged 18 years or over; and
(i) a person who has New Zealand citizenship as provided in the Citizenship Act 1977; or
(ii) a permanent resident as defined in section 4 of the Immigration Act 2009; and
(c) suffers from—
(i) a terminal illness that is likely to end his or her life within 6 months; or
(ii) a grievous and irremediable medical condition; and
(d) is in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability; and
(e) experiences unbearable suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner that he or she considers tolerable; and
(f) has the ability to understand—
(i) the nature of assisted dying; and
(ii) the consequences for him or her of assisted dying.