Through our Seeds of Hope services we support those who may be feeling pressured into euthanasia.
The Catholic Church has always held to the dignity and right to life of every human person from the moment of conception through to natural death.
Quotes by St John Paul II
Evengelium Vite #65-66
"Taking into account these distinctions, in harmony with the magisterium of my predecessors and in communion with the Bishops of the Catholic Church,
I confirm that euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person. This doctrine is based upon the natural law and upon the written word of God, it transmitted by the Church's Tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium"
"True compassion leads to sharing another's pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear. Moreover, the act of euthanasia appears all the more perverse if it is carried out by those, like relatives, who are supposed to treat a family member with patience and love, or by those, such as doctors, who by virtue of their specific profession are supposed to care for the sick person even in the most painful terminal stages"
Euthanasia Free NZ is a great place to find more information about the current Euthanasia laws in New Zealand and the many problems that they contain. It also provides many resources around the end-of-life choice act.
Family Life International NZ had a great list of resources regarding the issue of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in New Zealand. In particular they highlight the Catholic Church's teaching on this area.
If you or a loved on is feeling pressured into Euthanasia, let us know. We can help.