Big news just in regarding New Zealand's euthanasia laws...
The country's citizens have officially voted to legalize euthanasia.
via: GettyIn a huge victory for those pushing for the right to assisted dying, euthanasia has been legalized.
However, there are some strict rules surrounding the controversial new law...
via: GettyAnd opinions are seriously divided.
Now, for the most part, New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, can do no wrong.
via: Getty ImagesArdern became Prime Minister in 2017 and she immediately stood out from the rest.
For instance, when it comes to how world leaders have responded to the pandemic...
The prime minister of New Zealand has declared the covid 19 crisis is over. The country is expected to back to old… https://t.co/IGn02dcHhm— david watkins (@david watkins)1600463761.0
The way she's navigated the pandemic has been heavily praised...
Man thank god we live in New Zealand— Nick (@Nick)1600476946.0
But putting the pandemic aside...
via: Getty ImagesThere are a whole host of other factors that have led Ardern to be held in such high regard.
Take her response to the Christchurch shootings last year, for instance.
via: Getty ImagesOn 15 March 2019, New Zealand, for the first time in its modern history, witnessed a horrific terrorist attack on the Muslim community.
Fifty-one people lost their lives.
via: Getty ImagesArdern, who is agnostic, held a press conference to deliver a message to bring her country's citizens together. “They are us," she said of the victims. “New Zealand has been chosen because it was safe, because it was no place for hatred or racism. Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, home for those who share our values. Refuge for those who need it." Then, addressing the shooter, she said: “You may have chosen us – we utterly reject and condemn you."
Her next move?
via: Getty ImagesShe immediately implemented tighter gun laws across the nation.
New Zealand has also become the latest country to stamp down on period poverty.
via: Getty ImagesFor Ardern, it's clear that achieving gender equality is at the top of her agenda. "Kindness, and not being afraid to be kind, or to focus on, or be really driven by empathy," she has said of what is at the core of her leadership approach. “I think one of the sad things that I’ve seen in political leadership is – because we’ve placed over time so much emphasis on notions of assertiveness and strength – that we probably have assumed that it means you can’t have those other qualities of kindness and empathy. And yet, when you think about all the big challenges that we face in the world, that’s probably the quality we need the most."
Ardern recently announced that sanitary products will be free for young women in schools across the country from 2021...
via: Getty ImagesSaying that sanitary supplies for a monthly period were not a luxury, but a necessity, and that too many girls were skipping school because they weren’t able to afford pads and tampons. “We know that nearly 95,000 9-to-eighteen-year-olds may stay at home during their periods due to not being able to afford period products. By making them freely available, we support these young people to continue learning at school," she said at the time.
Before the COVID outbreak, Ardern also had to deal with a volcano eruption in New Zealand.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, she was once again praised for her empathetic approach to the disaster, which claimed the lives of sixteen people. Paying tribute to those who were tragically killed, she said: “Many people did extraordinary things to save lives, those who have been lost are now forever linked to New Zealand, and we will hold them close."
So, it's safe to say that in terms of leadership, New Zealand is faring pretty well.
via: Getty ImagesBut this week, opinions have been seriously divided with the latest law implemented under Ardern's government.
In a landslide victory, New Zealand's citizens have voted to legalize euthanasia.
via: GettySometimes known as "assisted dying", the new law will give terminally ill patients the right to arrange their own deaths.
Now, assisted dying has long been embroiled in controversy.
via: GettyFor decades, opinions have been divided as to whether it is the right thing to do, and it has fared no differently with regards to New Zealand's new law.
Some people have applauded New Zealand for their "progressive" and "compassionate" move...
@BBCBreaking Good job New Zealand. This issue needs to stop being suppressed because of religious beliefs. Unless y… https://t.co/0ZNmtPeeJB— Erwen Smiff (@Erwen Smiff)1604043579.0
@BBCBreaking I watched my mother slowly waste away for 2 yrs from cancer. She was ready to go a while before she di… https://t.co/3SplChG9Ez— moooot (@moooot)1604023684.0
@BBCBreaking This is extremely well done. They have coronavirus under control and are stopping pain, suffering and,… https://t.co/SkytAdF3jm— Gary D Chance (@Gary D Chance)1604023349.0
@BBCBreaking The people of Newzealand seem to be the most sensible people on the planet, they voted for a leader wh… https://t.co/1WCXBmcURi— lala1965 (@lala1965)1604044402.0
@BBCBreaking Why humans don't deserve as much compassion as we give our pets is beyond me. People should have a rig… https://t.co/HdHDC3Q9Gn— Debbie Tremel (@Debbie Tremel)1604033386.0
However, on the other hand, people are not impressed with the decision.
@BBCBreaking I knew it was too good to be true. Too perfect. Legalising euthanasia is the gateway to one nasty slip… https://t.co/nl8nrZsWR2— Sarah Slancauskas (@Sarah Slancauskas)1604040961.0
@BBCBreaking Only God can take back your life.— popoy44 (@popoy44)1604025141.0
@BBCBreaking @VividRicky Wow this a slippery slope in my opinion— J (@J)1604051225.0
@BBCBreaking This is a blow to doctors and scientists, why bother trying to help people and come up with new medic… https://t.co/fFXtRZkfFu— karim khabar (@karim khabar)1604049024.0
The new law is set to come into effect next year.
via: GettyTerminally ill patients will then have the right to arrange their own death if they have less than 6 months left to live. Some of the rules include needing the professional approval of 2 doctors, as well as needing to be over the age of eighteen.
The final result of the referendum will be announced on November 6th.
via: GettyFor more on the progressive country's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, keep scrolling...