New Zealand, the Finish of Life Selection Act got here into drive

In October 2020, two thirds (65.1 percent) of New Zealanders voted in a referendum for the adoption of the Law on the Choice of the End of Life.

The two doctors must agree that the patient is well informed and that other legal criteria are met, and only a person with a terminal illness who has less than six months of life left will be entitled.

The ACT party, which proposed a law on euthanasia in the New Zealand parliament, said it provides choice, control and compassion for those who suffer.

On the other hand, some believe that this has only increased inequality, fearing that death assistance could be used to save health care costs and worsen discrimination against minority Maori and Pacific Islanders.

It is not yet clear how many New Zealanders can ask for help in dying, but the Ministry of Health there estimates that up to 950 people could apply every year, and up to 350 would be allowed to do so.

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