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The Cancer Society acknowledges the diverse range of strongly-held personal and professional beliefs on euthanasia and assisted dying. There are varying views from spiritual, religious or cultural perspectives which may not be necessarily shared within groups or cultures.

The Cancer Society acknowledges the diverse range of strongly-held personal and professional beliefs on euthanasia and assisted dying. There are varying views from spiritual, religious or cultural perspectives which may not be necessarily shared within groups or cultures. We appreciate the importance of these perspectives to ways of thinking about euthanasia and assisted dying. 

The decision to confirm the Cancer Society’s position statement was prompted by the introduction of the End of Life Choice Bill in 2017. At the time of publication, the Bill is due to go to referendum at the 2020 General Election. While the Cancer Society remains neutral regarding the End of Life Choice Bill, the organisation is clear that a more critical focus should be better support for people nearing the end of life and their whānau.

To learn more download our full position statement: