Euthanasia: The Right to Die With Dignity ‘A Policy Proposal on the Legalization of Euthanasia in New Zealand’

This policy proposal seeks to legalize euthanasia, which is the right for people dying of a terminal illness to end their own lives, or be assisted in doing so. The issue of euthanasia is complicated, possesses profound ethical and moral implications, and is an issue where most people have strong opinions. It is also an issue that is likely to affect everyone, either directly, or indirectly. This policy report is therefore relevant to all New Zealanders who value the right of self-autonomy and who respect individual freedom. The goal of this study was to reignite the debate over euthanasia, and highlight the benefit society would see in euthanasia being legalized. To achieve this, this policy report reviewed the history of euthanasia in New Zealand, and used the Netherlands as a source of comparative institutional analysis to review empirical evidence of the benefits and dangers of legalizing euthanasia. The key findings of this study reveal that empirical evidence shows that legalization of euthanasia would greatly benefit New Zealand society, and within New Zealand there exists overwhelming support for its legalization

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