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Church to host euthanasia debate

Annabel Kean
Cardboard Cathedral
The Transitional Cathedral will host the seminar. Stephen Goodenough, flickr

A voluntary euthanasia advocate thinks change isn't far off.

This Saturday Christchurch's Transitional Cathedral will host a seminar on euthanasia with speakers from both sides of the debate.

In January The New Zealand Medical Journal reported that polling showed the majority of the country supported the practice, despite the lack of success from the 2012 End of Life Choice Bill.

Former Voluntary Euthanasia Society President Jack Havill said he thought a change in legislation was only a matter of time.

Havill said he was happy to see the Anglican Church getting involved and looking at the issue.

Bishop Victoria Matthews will chair the debate and as well as Havill attendees will hear from Renée Joubert, Euthanasia-Free NZ Executive Officer, Graham O’Brien, Co-Chair of InterChurch Bioethics Council and Jim White, Assistant Bishop of Auckland.