Euthanasia is always justified by euthanasia advocates on the grounds of great physical suffering, however in this study reported by TVNZ several euthanasia proponents cite reasons such as “not wanting to be a burden on their families and healthcare resources and fears of losing their independence and dignity.”

International experience has shown that the criteria for allowing euthanasia widens  to include those not suffering painfully.

Where euthanasia is legalised, the sick and elderly often feel indirect pressure to request it so as to not be a ‘burden’ on family members.