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FAQ #1 | What is the difference between euthanasia and assisted suicide?

By Danielle van Dalen

Assisted dying can take two forms: euthanasia or assisted suicide. Broadly, euthanasia describes the situation where the person who is…

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FAQ #4 | Who would be eligible for euthanasia and assisted suicide under the Act?

By Danielle van Dalen

A person is eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide under the End of Life Choice Act 2019 if: They are…

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FAQ #6 | Where is euthanasia and/or assisted suicide currently legal?

By Danielle van Dalen

Of a total 252 jurisdictions worldwide, only 18 allow some combination of euthanasia and assisted suicide, with two additional jurisdictions…

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FAQ #10 | Who is vulnerable to the risks of euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation?

By Danielle van Dalen

People with disabilities, the elderly, the chronically ill, and people with mental illness like depression are all groups that are…

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FAQ #14 | What doesn’t count as euthanasia or assisted suicide?

By Danielle van Dalen

Research shows that many people think that relatively normal medical decisions count as a form of euthanasia.[1] However, withdrawing treatment,…

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Choices, consequences, and euthanasia

By Alex Penk

“You see, the reality is that for every choice, there is a consequence.” As the End of Life Choice Bill…

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We deserve the whole story on euthanasia laws

By Danielle van Dalen

Like New Zealand, some of our neighbours across the ditch have recently been debating whether to legalise euthanasia and assisted…

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MIC 08 | The experts against euthanasia

With David Seymour’s End of Life Choices Bill up for a first reading in Parliament, legal assisted suicide is firmly on…

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Maxim responds to David Seymour’s euthanasia accusations

Maxim responds to David Seymour’s euthanasia accusations

Research Fellow Dr Jane Silloway Smith challenged ACT MP David Seymour’s suggestion that Maxim Institute’s work on euthanasia was “intellectually…

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MIC 12 | From referendum to real life

THE END OF LIFE CHOICE ACT AND WHAT IT WOULD CHANGE This September, New Zealanders will vote in a referendum…

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End Of Life | Referendum Short Cuts

This page is an overview of most of the information and research we have produced over the last four years…

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FAQ #2 | What is the current law?

By Danielle van Dalen

 Currently, it is not a crime to commit suicide or attempt to commit suicide, but it is a crime to…

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FAQ #3 | If you don’t want to have assisted suicide, why not just allow the choice for others and don’t do it yourself?

By Danielle van Dalen

The principle of personal autonomy, or choice, is core to the functioning of a free society. Our laws that relate…

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FAQ #5 | Is it possible to create a clear, immovable boundary between who should be eligible for assisted death and who is not?

By Danielle van Dalen

The evidence suggests not. Our current laws protect all human life equally. No-one’s life is treated under law as more…

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FAQ #7 | In places where forms of assisted dying are already legal, how many people actually choose it?

By Danielle van Dalen

International experience shows us that after euthanasia and/or assisted suicide has become law the number of people who choose to…

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FAQ #8 | If we vote in favour of the End of Life Choice Act, is that going to be the end of the debate?

By Danielle van Dalen

It is unlikely that proponents of assisted suicide will be satisfied with the End of Life Choice Act. As the…

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FAQ #9 | Can the End of Life Choice Act overcome the risks?

By Danielle van Dalen

Our research has found that assisted dying legislation poses significant risks, and that no piece of legislation has been able…

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FAQ #11 | How do we currently care for people at the end of their life?

By Danielle van Dalen

The legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide is often framed as the only compassionate response to people with terminal illnesses…

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FAQ #12 | Have jurisdictions that said no to assisted dying legislation responded with alternative approaches to caring well for people at the end of life?

By Danielle van Dalen

In 2015 Scotland investigated a bill on assisted suicide. In their report, the Health and Sport Committee recommended the Scottish…

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FAQ #13 | Why are we having a referendum?

By Danielle van Dalen

The End of Life Choice Act passed Third Reading in Parliament in November 2019 with 61 MPs in favour and…

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