Abortion and euthanasia
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’’.