Support grows for euthanasia

first_imgDominion Post 14 Sep 2012Almost 63 per cent of New Zealanders support proposed law changes that would allow ill people to end their lives, a new poll shows.Today’s results come a day after after Auckland man Evans Mott, 61, was discharged without conviction for assisting his wife to commit suicide.Labour MP Maryan Street has drafted a member’s bill that would make it legal for people who were terminally ill or suffering from an irreversible disease, to take their own life or have someone help them to die.The bill has to be drawn from the member’s ballot before it will be debated in Parliament and that could take some time.A Horizon Research poll released today found 62.9 per cent of respondents supported the move, 12.3 per cent were opposed.The poll involved 2969 adults who self-selected to participate online between July 5 and 20.It has a margin of error of 1.8 per cent.“Watching mom [sic] nurse dad to the end at our home was enough to make up my mind that at some point ending it faster is a kindness,” one respondent wrote.Men were slightly more likely to be opposed (14.2 per cent) to the law change than women (12.2 per cent) while the level of support was reasonably even between the sexes at 62.6 and 63.1 per cent respectively.There was also majority support amongst ethnicities with 65 per cent of Maori, Pakeha and Indian people supporting it, 61.5 per cent of Pacific Islanders and 55.3 per cent of Asian people.Support was particularly high among respondents aged 45-54 (71.6 per cent ) and 55-64 (65.3 per cent).The majority of people (66.9 per cent) also supported the introduction of End of Life Directives – legal documents that outline a person’s wish for medically assisted death should the issue arisehttp://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7678617/Support-grows-for-euthanasialast_img read more

Cricket News Rohit Sharma becomes ultimate ‘SIX MASTER’; joins THIS elite list

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian opener and Vice-Captain Rohit Sharma, during the ongoing fifth ODI match against West Indies at the Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram, touched a new milestone in his splendid One Day International (ODI) career by joining an elite club of players who has smashed 200 ODI sixes in their illustrious cricketing career.Rohit smashed Windies skipper Jason Holder over the mid-wicket region in the second ball of the 11th over to join the list of players which includes the likes of Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, MS Dhoni to name a few.The ‘Hitman’ also completed his 37th half-century in ODI cricket in the ongoing series decider, which the Men in Blue are on the brink of winning it completely. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. ALSO READ: MS Dhoni creates a record in Thiruvananthapuram ODI – Find out HereThe Maharasthra-born swashbuckling batsman was at 198 sixes before the fifth ODI and his tally now stands exactly at 201 after smashing six No. 201 to Keemo Paul in the fifth ball of the 12th over.   Among the Indians, only MS Dhoni is ahead of Rohit Sharma with 211 sixes.India are chasing a target of 105 after the bowlers wreaked havoc with Ravindra Jadeja being the pick of them with the figures of 4 for 34 in 9.5 overs.Most Sixes In ODI Career :Shahid Afridi – 351CH Gayle – 275ST Jayasuriya – 270MS Dhoni – 218AB de Villiers – 204RG Sharma – 202BB McCullum – 200 last_img read more