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24/07/15 – Should euthanasia be legalised in New Zealand

On the 5th of June 2015, Lecretia Seales, a prominent Wellington lawyer with terminal brain cancer, passed away just hours before a Judge made public his judgement on whether her doctor could end her life without prosecution because her suffering became intolerable. The Judge concluded that “the complex legal, philosophical, moral and clinical issues raised by Ms Seales’ proceedings can only be addressed by Parliament passing legislation to amend the effect of the Crimes Act” and urged Parliament to address the issue sooner rather than later.

In order to gauge public opinion and support for the legalisation of euthanasia, we conducted a poll between 24 June and 15 July 2015, approximately three weeks after the Judge’s ruling and Ms Seales' death. Repeating a poll we had conducted earlier in March, the new poll found that support for the legalisation of euthanasia had decreased.

View the media release.