The Church believes that all life is precious. It is our view that we are created in God’s image and accordingly human life is sacred.
That Church declared in 2018 that it does not support provision for euthanasia and medically-assisted suicide as proposed in the End of Life Bill. We believe that any legally-sanctioned provision for doctors to actively end people’s lives or assist them to die is ethically unacceptable and would in the long-term be dangerous for public safety - especially for those who are seriously ill, depressed, disabled or very elderly.
The Church has also urged the county’s politicians to respect the dignity and value of human life as they consider how to vote on this Bill.
That Church also asked the Government to significantly increase the quality of, and access to, palliative care, hospice services, mental health services, care for the disabled and care of the elderly, including recognition of the need for spiritual care.
Where you can get more info
For a Christian perspective on euthanasia, a variety of resources are available:
- Understanding more about what euthanasia is (and isn’t) - Watch the InterChurch Bioethics Council* video
- The 2018 InterChurch Bioethics Council submission on the End of Life Choice Bill
- Quick Facts Sheet about physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia
- Study booklet prepared by the InterChurch Bioethics Council - Euthanasia: Unethical Intervention or Death with Dignity?
- End of life and a Referendum: Where are we up to? In November 2019, the End of Life Choice Act 2019 (EOLC Act) passed its third and final reading in Parliament after a two-year process. Read this response paper by Rev Dr Graham O’Brien, Co-Chair InterChurch Bioethics Council
July 2020 FAQs list & opinion
In July 2020, the Interchurch Bioethics Council prepared two articles on the upcoming referendum for the End of Life Choice Act 2019 - one is a FAQs list and the other is an opinion piece by Rev Dr Graham O’Brien, Co-Chair InterChurch Bioethics Council. Please download them below:
*The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of the InterChurch Bioethics Council