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Assisted dying now legal in New Zealand, End of Life Choice Act a ‘huge relief’ for some [Video]

Stuart Armstrong has given a lot of thought to the end of his life. Now, reassured with the knowledge he may one day be able to access assisted dying when it all “goes south”, he can focus on living.

Last October, two-thirds of New Zealanders voted yes (65.1 per cent) in a referendum to enable the End of Life Choice Act to be passed into law. On November 7 the legislation comes into force, enabling eligible terminally ill Kiwis to choose to end their lives.

The 61-year-old from Lincoln, outside Christchurch, has terminal prostate cancer. The disease has spread to his skeleton, and is incurable.

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Stuart Armstrong with his wife Rebecca and their dog Stellar, pictured in the lead-up to the End of Life Choice Act referendum late last year. Armstrong has terminal cancer, and says the choice the Act affords him is life-changing.

A vocal campaigner for the act, Armstrong is not eligible to access voluntary assisted dying at present, but says having the …

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