What New Lynn con­tenders think

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The New Lynn can­di­dates have spo­ken and it seems abor­tion is a more straight­for­ward is­sue for them as com­pared to eu­thana­sia.

Six can­di­dates said abor­tion should be­come le­gal, but two dis­agreed.

Those in sup­port of le­gal­is­ing it were Deb­o­rah Rus­sell of Labour, Leilani Tamu of the Green Party, Scott Macarthur of the Democrats for So­cial Credit Party, Peter Chan of NZ First, John Hub­scher of United Fu­ture and Richard Wells of the ACT Party.

But Paul Davie of the Con­ser­va­tive Party, said it should re­main il­le­gal.

He said his po­si­tion on the is­sue was ‘‘non-ne­go­tiable’’. Na­tional can­di­date Paulo Gar­cia, who was per­son­ally op­posed to the con­cept, said he wanted Par­lia­ment to de­cide via a con­science vote. Re­sponses were more scat­tered with views on eu­thana­sia. Rus­sell, Tamu, Macarthur and Wells wanted it to be le­galised

‘‘Eu­thana­sia and abor­tion is some­thing I strug­gle to come to a con­clu­sive view­point on.’’

while, Hub­scher and Davie want it to re­main il­le­gal.

Chan of NZ First said he would like a ref­er­en­dum. Na­tional’s Gar­cia said he would want eu­thana­sia set­tled through a con­science vote.

‘‘My con­cern lies in mak­ing sure that the vul­ner­a­ble – who may oth­er­wise be un­able to make de­ci­sions on their own – are not taken ad­van­tage of,’’ Gar­cia said.

Hub­scher said he would never sup­port eu­thana­sia for ‘‘per­sonal rea­sons’’ and was in favour of the Hospice sys­tem. Maori Party can­di­date Karen Williams said she was un­de­cided on both. ‘‘Eu­thana­sia and abor­tion is some­thing I strug­gle to come to a con­clu­sive view­point on.’’

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Six New Lynn can­di­dates say abor­tion should be­come le­gal.

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