Kel­ston: Eu­thana­sia, abor­tion

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They are sen­si­tive is­sues, but Kel­ston can­di­dates have spo­ken out about their stance on eu­thana­sia and abor­tion.

And their views seem to cover both ends of the spec­trum.

Ni­cola Smith of the Green Party said abor­tion should be de­crim­i­nalised and sup­ported eu­thana­sia.

As for eu­thana­sia, she said it was peo­ple’s right to ‘‘die painfree and with dig­nity’’, if they chose to do so.

For Anne De­gia-Pala both acts were un­ac­cept­able. She said abor­tion should only be per­mit­ted if there was a risk to the mother or her un­born child. De­gia-Pala said she did not sup­port le­gal­is­ing eu­thana­sia ei­ther.

Na­tional’s Bala Beeram said he would con­sult with his elec­torate.

But he said the ‘‘cur­rent set­tings’’ around abor­tion seemed

to be in the ‘‘right place’’, and eu­thana­sia was a ‘‘highly sen­si­tive topic’’.

‘‘My con­cern is to make sure that the peo­ple who are vul­ner­a­ble, and not able to make a de­ci­sion aren’t taken ad­van­tage of.’’

Carmel Sepu­loni of the Labour Party said eu­thana­sia and abor­tion should be treated as con­science

is­sues in Par­lia­ment.

‘‘MPs should have the op­por­tu­nity to vote with their con­science rather than on party lines.’’

But she said it was time to re­view abor­tion leg­is­la­tion, and it should be re­moved from the Crimes Act.

She said with re­gards to eu­thana­sia, Labour sup­ported the cross-party in­quiry.

Cin­na­mon Whit­lock of the Maori Party said peo­ple had the right to choose for eu­thana­sia and abor­tion, but there were other fac­tors in­volved.

As for abor­tion Whit­lock said the fa­ther should be in­volved in the de­ci­sion.

‘‘I per­son­ally think that it is im­por­tant to take ac­count of the male’s view in the de­ci­sion mak­ing process, how­ever con­fronting it may be.’’

She said sup­port be­fore and af­ter the abor­tion was also im­por­tant fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion.

Eu­thana­sia was some­thing to be con­sid­ered in the ‘‘con­text of ad­vance di­rec­tive’’. This meant as­sist­ing an in­di­vid­ual to end their life in case of ‘‘ex­treme harm and dis­tress’’ should be ac­cept­able if a ‘‘com­pe­tent in­di­vid­ual’’ agreed to it in con­sul­ta­tion with their doc­tor and next-of-kin. se­lect com­mit­tee

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