What New Lynn contenders think
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.’’
Six New Lynn candidates say abortion should become legal.