One of the fundamental principles of the New Conservative Party is a commitment to the sanctity of life. We believe that human life is sacred, from conception to natural death. These principles are not championed by the ruling Labour/Green coalition; nor are they owned by National or Act.
New Conservatives oppose recent changes to our abortion and euthanasia laws and we strongly oppose all intentional attacks on innocent human life. The majority of MPs in parliament have backed laws that attack human life at both ends of the spectrum. National’s Christopher Luxon has made it clear that if his party comes to power, he has no intention of changing our abortion or euthanasia laws. David Seymour of Act is the author and promoter of the End of Life Choice Act 2019. Seymour was forced to agree to stricter eligibility criteria than he wished, to ensure that his euthanasia bill passed Parliament.
Between November 7, 2021, when the law came into force, and June 30, 2022, 146 people have been lawfully killed in New Zealand.
Now that euthanasia has been legalized in New Zealand, neo-conservatives fear that our country is following the trend seen in other countries that have left euthanasia off the beaten track. In these countries, we are witnessing an ever-increasing number of people being euthanized and a continuous expansion of the grounds on which this is permitted.
Canadian euthanasia statistics for 2021, for example, reveal that more than 10,000 people were euthanized in this country, representing almost 3.5% of all deaths. Of these, at least 1,740 were euthanized for reasons such as loneliness and isolation.
To those who would dismiss concerns about the contagion of euthanasia, we point out that while euthanasia started in countries like the Netherlands strictly for terminal conditions, we are now seeing those with dementia being euthanized, and even those with mental health issues. Babies are euthanized and a recent push from their Minister of Health called for euthanasia to be available for children under 12. All of this of course opens the way for euthanasia to move from voluntary to non-voluntary.
The new Tory believes that the passage of the End-of-Life Choice Act 2019 marked a very disturbing breach in our country’s longstanding opposition to doctors who kill their patients, as evidenced by their oath of Hippocrates. Our medical profession, until recently, has followed a tradition of honoring a commitment to the principle of “first do no harm”.
Where does the pressure for ever broader eligibility criteria end? With our healthcare system already under severe strain, the temptation to accede to demands for broader accessibility is a real possibility, as some politicians look for ways to cut healthcare spending. There is a glaring discrepancy in the real issues facing our hospices with insufficient government funding and the costs of up to $3,000 that can be claimed for the murder of a patient.
The New Conservative Party believes that euthanasia will remain a serious threat to the terminally ill and severely disabled unless the Abortion Legislation Act and the End-of-Life Choices Act are challenged. We believe that steps must be taken to increase public funding for our underfunded hospices and to improve end-of-life care.
The New Conservative Party remains committed to pursuing policies that both uphold the sanctity of life and increase funding for palliative care.
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