Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Zealand Dust-Up Over Helium Assisted Suicides

In New Zealand there's been some tut-tutting about helium being used in assisted suicides and suicides. There's been the predictable call for authorities to look at ways of restricting helium sales. So far nothing’s developed. Don’t worry, the NZ pro-deathers will soon be hooting about how it needs to remain freely available so that the killing can continue.

No action on coroner's helium call
Despite a second confirmed helium-assisted suicide in recent times, the Environment Ministry says it will not change its classification of the gas.
In findings released after the death of 37-year-old Kyle McIntosh, Wellington coroner Ian Smith has renewed calls for distribution of the gas to be controlled and for helium to be classified as a hazardous substance. Mr Smith also recommended Consumer Affairs Minister Simon Power review how helium is sold and put age restrictions in place. more

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