Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller has confirmed his opposition to David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill that has been drawn from the Member's Ballot.
Todd says the bill risks putting social pressure on vulnerable people to end their lives.
“There is a real risk that this bill, if passed into legislation, would produce an erosive, looming social pressure on very vulnerable people to consider ending their life,” he says.
“I think this would fundamentally undermine the relationships between elderly or dependent relatives and their families, with an overwhelming pressure, whether it is real or perceived, being felt by those most vulnerable to not be a burden.”
Todd also praised the work palliative care staff who he says do an amazing job supporting those with life-limiting illnesses with nothing but care and compassion.
“I have spoken to many of these carers about their approach and see no reason to radically redesign that framework,” he says.
Todd believes the debate will open up profound ethical issues and a broad spectrum of opinions right across society, but needs to be approached in a respectful way.
“For some this will be a very emotive discussion with perspectives ranging from those who have experienced a loved one suffering more than they felt was fair, through to those with deep values based opposition.
“This bill will be a conscience vote, as opposed to being voting along party lines”.
“To me, life is precious and should be treasured. I will be staying true to my values and voting against” he concludes.