New Zealand disability rights advocate and former Green Party MP candidate Chris Ford explains the history and experiences that led him to abandon support for voluntary euthanasia. A dyed-in-the-wool progressive, Ford says it isn't a spiritual issue for him; he approaches the subject from a "human rights angle."
Assisted suicide/voluntary euthanasia is legal in seven countries. New Zealand is set to vote on an assisted suicide law via referendum in their general election in September, so for Ford and his fellow countrymen, the stakes of the debate have never been higher.
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