Euthanasia For The Terminally Ill Legalized in New Zealand

At least 65% of voters in New Zealand supported the legalization of mercy killing for patients in critical condition. The law will take effect a year after the official result is published this coming November. Citizens of New Zealand over 18 years of age with a terminal illness that cannot be reversed may be eligible for euthanasia.

CNN: Thousands of New Zealanders who might have suffered excruciating deaths will have choice, dignity, control, and autonomy over their own bodies, protected by the rule of law

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According to CNN, the law contains several stipulations for those eligible to receive “assisted dying.”

The person must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident over the age of 18 with a terminal illness “likely to end the person’s life within 6 months”; is in an “advanced state of irreversible decline in physical capability”; and is experiencing “unbearable suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner that the person considers tolerable.”

They would have to be evaluated by multiple medical professionals, including one from a government-appointed medical practitioner.