Abor­tion and eu­thana­sia

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Abor­tion is tech­ni­cally still a crime in New Zealand. The law on abor­tion is con­tained un­der two acts of Par­lia­ment, the Crimes Act and the Con­tra­cep­tion, Ster­il­i­sa­tion and Abor­tion Act. Two cer­ti­fied med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers must deem the abor­tion med­i­cally nec­es­sary, or jus­ti­fied, for it to be le­gal.

Eu­thana­sia is cur­rently il­le­gal in New Zealand and is cov­ered un­der the Crimes Act and the New Zealand Bill of Rights. Sec­tion eight of the Bill of Rights said ‘‘no-one shall be deprived of life ex­cept on such grounds as are es­tab­lished by law and are con­sis­tent with the prin­ci­ples of fun­da­men­tal jus­tice’’.

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