New Zealanders will almost certainly face a referendum next year on whether to legalise voluntary euthanasia after a make-or-break vote in Parliament cleared the way.
MPs have voted 63 to 57 for the End of Life Choice Bill to go to a public vote at the next election.
The legislation still needs to pass its third and final reading in Parliament next month, but the referendum’s green-light makes that highly likely by ensuring the continued support of NZ First’s nine MPs.
More to come…
Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement.