ICBC submission against physician-assisted dying

Read the InterChurch Bioethics Council (ICBC) submission against introducing legislation to allow “physician-assisted dying”.

The ICBC is an ecumenical, cross-cultural body supported by the Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist Churches of Aotearoa New Zealand - see more at

"In writing this submission against introducing legislation to allow “physician-assisted dying”, the ICBC recognises that we do not represent all Anglicans, Methodists and Presbyterians, but that as a designated committee, we are providing our “expert” opinion following our own discussions, research and reading over the past 3 years and some limited wider consultation.  We also note that the Health Select Committee is considering the social, legal, medical, cultural, financial, ethical, and philosophical implications, but have negated to include spiritual considerations which are also part of current legislation guidelines (The HSNO Act, section 68 amended to include cultural, ethical and spiritual criteria)..."