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 the agenda for the 2017 general election.
To help New Zealanders get up to speed with what the Bill entails, and what it would mean in practice, we held MIC 08, hosting two visiting UK experts Baroness Ilora Finlay and Robert Preston.
Baroness Finlay is a Professor of Palliative Medicine, a past President of the Royal Society of Medicine, and an independent member of the House of Lords. Robert Preston has worked in Whitehall and in several other roles as a civil servant, and now works as the Director of the British think tank, Living and Dying Well.
Both came to be involved in the issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia through their involvement in the 2005 British Select Committee that conducted a comprehensive investigation of the practices of assisted dying around the world. Following the conclusion of that inquiry, both have continued as advocates of improved elder and palliative care, as well as working to oppose legalised assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Watch their presentations here:
Watch the audience Q+A with both speakers: