The NZARH has an interest in representing the rights of those without religious beliefs. We wish to ensure that the religious beliefs of others do not impact our own human rights. As an association which places compassion and humanity at the forefront we wish to ensure that Government policy is humane. While laws around prohibition of ending people lives are consistent with a humanist view, we believe there needs to be an exception for end of life choice for the terminally and chronically ill.
The reason killing people is illegal is because it is almost exclusively against the will of the victim. However, in the case of the terminally and chronically ill we have people who are expressing their express consent to being euthanized. Thus the term 'voluntary euthanasia'.
Those who do not believe people should have a right to end their life condemn others to suffering and pain on the basis of their own beliefs rather than respecting the rights of those who are directly affected. We speak for those who want the choice.