I support legal abortion, I support legal cannabis, I will never support legal euthanasia. The reason for that is because I believe the first two can be regulated safely and that the current abortion and cannabis laws create vast injustices that are unacceptable in a progressive democracy.
The reason I can not support euthanasia however is because I don’t believe it can be regulated safely and because if made legal, it would create vast injustices by the State.
Let’s start with the first two.
Abortion needs to be made legal now. If a woman decides she wants a medical procedure to remove a foetus, then that’s between her and her dr, no one else, end of bloody story! The idea that I as a male would have to jump through some bullshit hoops to get a medical procedure because I wasn’t trusted emotionally to make the decision all on my own is the most outrageously condescending nonsense in the world!
It’s a womens body, if she wishes as an individual to end a clump of cells growing into a baby with all the responsibilities and pressures that entails, then so be it! It’s no one else’s business.
Let’s move on and appreciate the self created madness that is synthetic cannabis.
-First politicians legalise synthetics.
-Then they are too gutless to impose the agreed testing regime
-Then they ban it & drive it underground to kill 50 a year
And why? All because we won’t legalise the real thing.
The 7000 people arrested for cannabis each year, the control and power it gives gangs, the taxation a regulated market could provide and the eradication of the synthetic market – all of these are logical reasons to legalise, that we are behind so many other countries on this front now is an embarrassment.
Abortion and cannabis can be safely regulated and allowing the current systems to stand create injustice.
So why don’t I believe that with euthanasia?
When I look at the horror our mental health system, prison system & welfare systems have become for the most vulnerable via chronic underfunding & indifferent staff – I fear how euthanasia will mutate in that cruel environment.
The way we treat the mentally ill, suicide victims, prisoners, the elderly and the poor with such contempt makes me believe that state sanctioned euthanasia will quickly become a means for pushing the poor to end their lives sooner.
It should surprise no one that it is ACT who is driving this movement. Euthanasia fits perfectly well within the far rights belief of individualism above all and the efficiency of the market to eradicate cost.
The loop holes available in this legislation means it is only a matter of time before someone is pushing to expand their definition for cost cutting measures.
It has happened before, in the 1990s the National Government were caught putting together health boards whose target was to deny health services to anyone who was deemed too costly to continue medical care for.
The National Party were actively and secretly looking for ways to disqualify the sick and vulnerable from state health care. If they were prepared to do it when euthanasia was illegal in the 1990s, imagine how quickly they will begin to pressure hospitals to start euthanasia as a cost cutting measure if it becomes legal?
We know how poorly Corrections look after the welfare of prisoners. We know how badly CYFs looks after children in their care. We know how damaging Housing NZ, WINZ and the Ministry of Development treat beneficiaries.
So what would stop Government agencies applying the same disregard for the poor and sick if euthanasia is passed?
Euthanasia can’t be safely regulated because when we look at how the state treat the weakest amongst us right now, you would be a fool to believe they wouldn’t use legal euthanasia as a means to save costs.
It really says something about us as a nation that euthanasia is currently being seriously debated while cannabis reform is not. In New Zealand with a skyrocketing suicide rate, we will allow you to chose to kill yourself if you are in pain, but we won’t allow you to smoke a joint if you are in pain.