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9000 signatures on petition asking MPs to legalise voluntary euthanasia

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The Husband of Lecretia Seales, Matt Vickers, stands with Maryan Street

Scoop report and images by Francis Cook
A petition signed by 9000 people asking for the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia was presented at Parliament today by former MP Maryan Street who was joined by the husband of Lecretia Seals, Matt Vickers.

A small crowd gathered in support of the petition. Speeches were made by Street and Vicker along with Act leader David Seymour, Green MP Kevin Hague, Labour MP Iain-Lees Galloway and National MP Chris Bishop.

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Early arrivals find shelter from the rain

Photos from the event are below. More from our Storify coverage here.

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Maryan Street delivered the petition

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Matt Vickers with Act Leader David Seymour and Labour MP Iain-Lees Galloway

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Iain-Lees Galloway holds the petitions, joined by National MP Chris Bishop, Green MP, Kevin Hague and Act Leader David Seymour.

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  1. Toni callender, 7. August 2017, 5:17

    No one should have to endure excruciating pain at the end of their life, if, or since, there is medication available to ease & or end the condition! Why, do you suppose, man was given a brain, filled with the desire to research & find, a way to ease the human condition of intolerable pain,?…. end of life, or otherwise???

  2. Troy H, 7. August 2017, 9:42

    No one wants others to suffer or to be in pain, but creating a suicide culture that will greatly negatively effect the ill and vulnerable is not compassionate. The current crimes act legislation means no one has to endure excruciating pain at the end of life. Pain relief is available, morphine is frequently used. No NZ drs have been convicted of euthanasia (and believe me it happens). If you are in pain and terminal, it is a failure of medicine to provide pain relief, treatment and palliative care.


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