Health Select Committee Finds 3/4 of Kiwis are Against Euthanasia

Below is the text from a media release by the Every Life Research Unit, 11 August 2016



“Maryan Street and the Voluntary Euthanasia Society wanted to know New Zealanders’ views on legalising assisted suicide,” says Dr Jane Silloway Smith, Director of Every Life Research Unit, “and the people have spoken: at a ratio of about 3 to 1, they have told Parliament not to legalise assisted suicide.”


Dr Smith has been analysing submissions made to the Health Select Committee’s investigation into ending one’s life in New Zealand. She has conducted a random sampling of the 20,576 submissions made public by the Committee thus far. Her analysis has found that 78% of submitters are against legalising assisted suicide, while 22% are in favour of changing the law.


“Submitters to the Health Select Committee have overwhelmingly expressed their opposition to assisted suicide,” comments Dr Jane Silloway Smith. “The very clear ratio against a change in the current law alongside the high number of total submissions shows that there is a strong public political will opposed to assisted suicide.”


Dr Jane Silloway Smith is available to comment on the preliminary findings of her analysis. To arrange an interview, please contact Dr Smith at Every Life Research Unit on: 021 875 009, or email

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  • Jan Nihoniho 11 / 08 / 2016 Reply

    Fantastic encouragement to know that NZ citizens value life. Keep up the good work and thank you.

  • Actipatch 10 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    All of us should value life and never give up! The hope is the one last thing to lose.

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