Abortion Legislation Bill passes final vote

The Abortion Legislation Bill has passed it’s final vote in Parliament by a comfortable but not substantial majority 68-51. abortion will now be removed from the Crimes Act.

Earlier today a vote initiated by NZ First for a referendum to make the final decision was defeated by 19-100 votes.

Tracey Martin voted for the bill, rebelling against the NZ First party vote against the bill due to not getting their referendum.

Good on her for that.

Another NZF MP Jenny Marcroft also voted for the Bill.

I think this is a very good result, tidying up a farcical law. It gives women the right to choose for themselves what happens to their own bodies, up to a point where a new life becomes viable and deserves rights of it’s own.

A personal vote was called for on the question, That the Abortion Legislation Bill be now read a third time.

Ayes 68

Adams A Faafoi K (P) Marcroft J Swarbrick C (P)
Allan K (P) Falloon A Martin T (P) Tinetti J
Andersen V Genter J (P) McAnulty K Tolley A
Ardern J Ghahraman G (P) Mitchell M (P) Twyford P (P)
Bennett D Henare P (P) Nash S (P) Wagner N (P)
Bennett P (P) Hipkins C Parker D (P) Wall L
Bidois D Hudson B Prime W (P) Warren-Clark A
Bishop C (P) Hughes G (P) Radhakrishnan P Webb D (P)
Carter D Huo R (P) Robertson G Williams P
Clark D Jackson W Ross J (P) Willis N
Coffey T (P) Kaye N (P) Russell D Wood M
Collins J Kuriger B Sage E Woods M (P)
Craig L (P) Lees-Galloway I (P) Sepuloni C (P) Yang J
Curran C Little A Seymour D
Davidson M Logie J Shaw J (P)
Davis K (P) Lubeck M Simpson S
Doocey M (P) Luxton J (P) Sio A (P) Teller:
Eagle P (P) Mallard T Stanford E Dyson R

Noes 51

Bakshi K (P) Hipango H (P) Ngaro A Smith N
Ball D (P) Jones S (P) O’Connor S Strange J
Barry M (P) Kanongata’a-Suisuiki A (P) O’Connor D Tabuteau F (P)
Bayly A King M O’Connor G Tirikatene R (P)
Bridges S (P) Lee M Parmar P (P) Upston L
Brown S Lee D Patterson M van de Molen T
Brownlee G Macindoe T Penk C Walker H (P)
Dean J (P) Mahuta N (P) Peters W (P) Whaitiri M
Dowie S (P) Mark R (P) Pugh M (P) Woodhouse M
Garcia P McClay T (P) Reti S (P) Young J (P)
Goldsmith P (P) McKelvie I Rurawhe A Yule L
Guy A (P) Mitchell C (P) Salesa J (P) Teller:
Hayes J (P) Muller T (P) Scott A Loheni A

(P is a proxy vote)

Bill read a third time.

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  18th March 2020

    At last. We’ve cheated ever since Judge Duncan McMullan ran his horribly rigged Royal Commission back in the mid 1970s. Hope he’s spinning in his grave.

  2. Zedd

     /  19th March 2020

    Interesting hearing Amy Adams (Natl) comments about ‘we risk becoming more socially conservative, than the actual society.. they claim to represent’ (paraphrased).. this echoes the same on other ‘conscience votes’ that have occurred. eg cannabis reform
    Stuck in that bubble (parliament) some perhaps need to be reminded; it IS 2020, NOT 1950

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  19th March 2020

      We need binding citizens’ referenda to get over MP’s fear of backlash from minority vested interests.


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