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Posted on July 29, 2020 at 4:00 AM

New Zealand’s referendum on end of life choice is September 19, 2020. Parliament already passed the End of Life Choice Act, but it has not come into force. The Act will come into force only if more than 50% of voters in the referendum vote “Yes.”


Notably, in contrast to medical aid in dying in the United States, an eligible NZ citizen can choose 1 of 4 options for how they wish to receive assisted dying medication.

  1. Ingestion, triggered by the person.

  2. Intravenous delivery, triggered by the person.

  3. Ingestion through a tube, triggered by the attending doctor or nurse practitioner.

  4. Injection, administered by the attending doctor or nurse practitioner.

In most U.S. states only the first option is available. The second option is available in a minority of states. The last two options are not available anywhere in the United States.

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