The New Zealand Māori Party are urging people not to vote for the Labour Party because of their stance on euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Newshub in New Zealand reported:
In a statement released by the party, Tuilagi Saipele Esera, Māori Party Candidate for Manukau East, said Labour’s intention to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide was against Christian and Pacific cultural values.
“Euthanasia and assisted suicide is a rejection of the importance and value of human life. Do not vote Labour.”
Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern has previously expressed support for ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill, which would give “people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying”.
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Mr Esera urged Pacific leaders and communities to “not second guess” what Labour would do if elected.
The recent report on euthanasia by the New Zealand health committee did not recommend legalizing euthanasia.