WELLINGTON: About 75 per cent of New Zealanders favor euthanasia. The country has been holding referendums on euthanasia since the recent general election. The result of this right is called the victory of life with dignity. In the general election, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won another landslide victory.
The vote count on Friday showed that 85.2 percent of the population favored Ethiopia. The results of the referendum make it clear that New Zealand will soon join a number of countries where the power of euthanasia will be granted with the help of doctors.
David Seymour, who is campaigning for Euthanasia’s rights to change New Zealand’s law, described the results as a remarkable victory. “Thousands of people will now have the will, the dignity, the control and the freedom to make decisions for their own bodies, and the New Zealand government will protect that,” he said.
The controversy began in 2015
The controversy over euthanasia in New Zealand was started in 2015 by Lucretia Siles. The woman died of a brain tumor on the same day the court rejected her euthanasia claim. “I am very relieved and grateful today,” Matt Vickers, Siles’ husband, told Radio New Zealand, now welcoming the referendum results.
On the other hand, the Salvation Army, an organization of New Zealand churches, said, “If people have the right to euthanasia, they may be forced to end their lives – vulnerable people such as the elderly and those suffering from mental illness will be particularly at risk because of this law.” The New Zealand Association has also opposed the reform, calling it unethical even before the vote.
The first euthanasia was granted in the Netherlands in 2002. It was legalized in Belgium the same year and in Luxembourg in 2008, Colombia in 2015 and Canada in 2016. It is also legal in many US states and the state of Victoria. Australia.
It is a shocking fact that some countries even allow suicide. In this case, the patient ingests the lethal drug himself without being given by any medical staff or third party. In New Zealand, last year’s euthanasia was allowed with the help of someone else, but it was deliberately delayed in order to get the opinion of the people.