Select Committee Submissions on EOLC Bill

Information on Bill & Parliamentary Process

You can read the EOLC Bill here:

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: 

The family first organisation has produced a helpful and comprehensive submission guide:
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

(b) is—

(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.


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