Original title: the New Zealand Parliament passed the euthanasia bill, which will be put to a referendum in 2020
On November 13, according to the Central News Agency, New Zealand parliamentarians voted to legalize euthanasia on the 13th local time. However, before the legislation comes into force, the bill needs to accept a referendum in the 2020 general election and get the support of the majority.
On March 9, 2018 local time, 104 year old Australian scientist Dr. David Goodal held a press conference in Basel, Switzerland. As his health deteriorated, Goodall went to Switzerland to seek medical help for euthanasia,
It is reported that on the 13th, when New Zealand parliamentarians read the bill for the third time, they passed the bill with 69 votes in favour and 51 votes against, which will enable terminal patients to request medical assistance to die, ending years of fierce debate in Parliament.
It is reported that the bill only applies to terminally ill patients who are likely to die within six months. To qualify, the applicant must be in irreversible physical decline and feel 'unbearable pain' that cannot be alleviated in any other way that can be tolerated.
Previously, New Zealand Prime Minister Adrian has publicly expressed her support for euthanasia reform and voted for a referendum, saying that this is the only way to promote legislation.
It is reported that the delivery of the bill to the referendum is the appeal of the opposition New Zealand first party. The party threatened to vote against the legislation if it did not deliver the referendum, which may make the legislation fail.
Simon, the initiator of the bill and leader of the New Zealand Action Party, pointed out before the vote that he was confident that the bill would pass.
On the occasion of the members' vote, demonstrators opposed euthanasia protested outside the parliament, holding up placards saying 'help us live, not die' and 'euthanasia is not the solution'.