Kelston: Euthanasia, abortion
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