New Zealand to Hold Referendum on Assisted Suicide

(The Christian Institute) New Zealand’s parliament has voted in favor of introducing assisted suicide, and the public will vote in a referendum to decide the issue next year.

The bill would give people with a terminal illness, and believed to have less than six months to live, the option of requesting assisted suicide. It was passed by 69 votes to 51.

The measure must now be approved in a national referendum before the change can become law.

Maggie Barry from the New Zealand National Party said that the bill was effectively telling disabled people that they were “too expensive to keep alive.”

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