Kelston candidates share their views on euthanasia and abortion

We spoke to five politicians in Kelston about their views on euthanasia and abortion.
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We spoke to five politicians in Kelston about their views on euthanasia and 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.   

Bala Beeram says he will consult his electorate about their views on euthanasia and abortion.
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Bala Beeram says he will consult his electorate about their views on euthanasia and abortion.

"One in four NZ women has had an abortion, suggesting many New Zealanders don't see abortion as a crime," she said.

As for euthanasia, she said it was people's right to "die pain-free and with dignity", if they chose to do so.

For Anne Degia-Pala of New Zealand First, both acts were unacceptable.

Carmel Sepuloni says it is time to review abortion.
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Carmel Sepuloni says it is time to review abortion.

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. 

"With high statistics of suicide which we want to prevent, I do not believe that there is any evidence of promoting safe suicide by legalising such circumstances."

Anne Degia-Pala says she is opposed to euthanasia and abortion.
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Anne Degia-Pala says she is opposed to euthanasia and abortion.

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

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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."

Cinnamon Whitlock says the father should be asked for their view in abortion decisions.
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Cinnamon Whitlock says the father should be asked for their view in abortion decisions.

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

"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. 

Nicola Smith says abortion should be decriminalised and she supports euthanasia.
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Nicola Smith says abortion should be decriminalised and she supports euthanasia.

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

 - Stuff

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