“Tonight, Parliament has taken a big first step towards providing choice and compassion for those suffering intolerably with a terminal illness”, ACT Leader David Seymour says.
“I welcome my parliamentary colleagues voting for my End of Life Choice Bill by 76 to 44.
“The Bill will now go to select committee where it will be examined in detail and where New Zealanders will be able to have their say on the issue.
“A majority of New Zealanders have consistently said they support legalising assisted dying with appropriate safeguards.
“It is wrong that, in 2017, we tolerate a status quo where people suffer needlessly.
“We can design a law that gives choice to those who want it while safeguarding those who want nothing to do with this law”, says Mr Seymour.