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New Zealanders have voted to allow the deceased to die from assisted deaths, but refuse to legalize marijuana. These issues were raised in the independence referendum held on October 17th, which resulted in a landslide victory for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s re-election.
The preliminary results of the referendum on two major social issues reflect a potentially significant change in New Zealand’s social attitudes.
With the most votes, New Zealanders emphatically favor voluntary euthanasia. Sixty-five percent of the people expressed “yes” to the proposal for the right to death, putting the country on the right track and becoming one of the few people allowed to commit suicide.
Countries that have legalized euthanasia include the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Colombia, parts of Australia and several states in the United States.
The approval of the “End of Life Choice Act” is the result of an exciting campaign that lasted for many years.
This measure is expected to take effect in November 2021. If approved by two doctors, it will give terminally ill adults who have died less than six months have the opportunity to choose assisted death.
Liberal ACT Party MP David Seymour said: “Thousands of New Zealanders who may suffer tragic death will have the choice, dignity, control and autonomy of their bodies under the protection of the rule of law.”
Matt Vickers continued his late wife Lecretia Seales’ struggle to legitimize the right to death, which he called the result “a victory for compassion and kindness.” . Seale is a lawyer diagnosed with a brain tumor and launched a legal challenge to end her life.But this situation is recorded in Wicks’ book Lecretia’s choice: a story about love, death and the law, Unsuccessful, she died of illness.
Wicks told the BBC: “She doesn’t want to die. No one wants to. That is a common misunderstanding. The problem is that the choice of life has been deprived.” He said. New Zealand has the right to assisted suicide.
Among the opponents, Dr. John Kleinsman, the ethicist of the Catholic Bishop of New Zealand, said that the vote threatened the disadvantaged, and that this choice of right of abode brought families and medical staff More pressure.Others are worried about people with chronic diseases
Obligated use Take euthanasia to avoid burdening the family.
The results announced on Friday do not include approximately 480,000 votes, many overseas votes, and the final result will not be confirmed until November 6. However, with such strong support, the list of suicides will not change.
The proposal to legalize recreational marijuana is closer. New Zealanders reluctantly rejected it with a difference of 53% to 46%.
Conservative Party member Nick Smith called it a “common sense victory.” But because overseas voters tend to follow more liberals, supporters of marijuana legalization say that after their votes are counted, there is still hope that this measure can be passed.
Supporters of marijuana legalization are frustrated that Prime Minister Ardern will not reveal how she intends to vote before the October vote. Many people believe that her support will increase the use of recreational drugs.
Ardern waited until Friday to reveal that she voted for both proposals.