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Parliament will vote on assisted suicide and euthanasia soon. Let’s get behind #DefendNZ and tell MPs why such a law is a dangerous idea.Nationwide
We hope you've been as encouraged as we are with #DefendNZ to date: Five documentaries, a website full of useful information, a book of Kiwi's stories and expert profiles, and, of course, all of the media attention. DefendNZ has raised awareness of just how dangerous the End of Life Choice Bill is, and how many vulnerable people it would endanger. People are listening.
DefendNZ has some great plans in store - plans that will bring the momentum the movement has created with the public right home to MPs in Wellington.
But we need your help. DefendNZ needs to raise $70,000 to see these ambitious, achievable plans brought to life.
Will you pitch in – $10, $20, $50, or more – to help us #DefendNZ? Will you help us convince MPs to vote "no" to euthanasia?
Thanks to everyone who has already made a donation through this page or by contacting us directly.
This assisted suicide Bill, if passed, would put some of our most vulnerable people at risk of some of the very worst forms of abuse. It would make our doctors and pharmacists complicit in ending the lives of some of their patients.
Even if disability, mental illness and advanced age are not included in the eligibility criteria, terminally ill people who are elderly and terminally ill people who have disabilities and/or mental illness could still be included. They and other vulnerable people are at risk of feeling pressured to request death and at risk of concluding that their lives are of less value than the lives of young, healthy and able-bodied people.
Euthanasia-Free NZ is proud to be fundraising for the #DefendNZ movement.
For help, or if you'd like to make a larger donation directly into a bank account without Givealittle fees being deducted, please contact DefendNZ at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get in touch with you! Thank you so much!
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All money raised will go to the production and distribution costs of the #DefendNZ campaign. Thank you so much for your contribution, no matter how large or small.
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Initially the Second reading on the End of Life Choice Bill was expected in early April, since Parliament's Justice Committee was due to publish their report by 27 March.
Their report was postponed to 9 April and the Second Reading was then expected to start as early as 1 May.
However, Parliament dealt with other Bills on the 1st so the next opportunity for the Second Reading is on Wednesday 22 May. If there would not be enough time to complete the debate and vote on this day, it would likely be on Wednesday 19 June.
If this Bill gets voted through at Second Reading, DefendNZ will need to continue their efforts against this Bill during the next stage, during which amendments will be debated. Since the proposed amendments are varied and extensive, it looks like this stage could take several months.
It has therefore become necessary to extend the time frame on this page and communicate the specific goal of $70,000.
Thanks very much to everyone who has already chipped in!
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This page was created on 10 Nov 2018 and closed on 31 Aug 2019.