Statement against the euthanasia bill

13 December 2017

 

Dear Friends

I am writing with the support of Bishop-Elect Paul Martin

Over the last twelve months or so, the issue of euthanasia has been a topic of public and political discussion in our country.

This is a brief update to let you know that there is a new bill currently before our Parliament which is seeking to legalise euthanasia here in New Zealand.

Based on what has happened in the minority of overseas jurisdictions where such laws have been adopted, we can say for certain that the vulnerable members of our families, parishes and wider communities would be placed in danger if this bill was to become law.

Once again we will be encouraging you to be a voice for the vulnerable on this issue.

Even if you have previously made a submission to parliament, or written to your MP about euthanasia, this is a brand new bill, and so we will need your help again.

More details will follow over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, please feel free to visit these websites:

http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/euthanasia

Say NO to the Seymour Bill

God bless

Fr Rick Loughnan

Administrator Catholic Diocese of Christchurch

 

PS Submissions will close 20th February