New Zealand Votes to Legalize Euthanasia
New Zealand voted in a referendum earlier this month to legalize euthanasia. This is evident from the provisional result that the Electoral Council of the country published on Friday.
The law, which will take effect from November 2021, allows terminal people with less than six months to live to apply for euthanasia.
New Zealand will become the seventh country in the world where assisted termination of life is permitted subject to conditions.
The referendum on this took place earlier this month at the same time as the parliamentary elections, which culminated in the re-election of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Not all votes have been counted yet, but with more than 65 percent in favour, the outcome of the plebiscite is already inevitable.
In addition to euthanasia, the New Zealanders also voted to legalize cannabis use. The result is not yet clear in that referendum, according to the Electoral Council. The votes already counted show that 53.1 percent are against.
However, with half a million mostly overseas votes still to be counted, it is also possible that the country will speak out for legalization.