Big news just in regarding New Zealand's euthanasia laws...

The country's citizens have officially voted to legalize euthanasia.

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In 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...

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And opinions are seriously divided.

Now, for the most part, New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, can do no wrong.

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Ardern 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...

Ardern's approach is certainly one of the most celebrated, especially when it comes down to how fast she acted.

The way she's navigated the pandemic has been heavily praised...

According to Vogue, a recent poll found that Ardern is the country’s most popular leader in a hundred years, with ninety-two percent of respondents saying they support the measures she has implemented.

But putting the pandemic aside...

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There 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.

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On 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.

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Ardern, 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?

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She immediately implemented tighter gun laws across the nation.

New Zealand has also become the latest country to stamp down on period poverty.

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For 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...

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Saying 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.

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And, 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.

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But 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.

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Sometimes 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.

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For 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...

However, on the other hand, people are not impressed with the decision.

The new law is set to come into effect next year.

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Terminally 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.

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For more on the progressive country's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, keep scrolling...