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Euthanasia vote personal for Tabuteau

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/06/2017

Fletcher Tabuteau doesn't know what his family would have done if assisted dying had been allowed when his mother and sister were dying.

Euthanasia is a personal issue for the New Zealand First MP who had to take a minute to gather his thoughts when asked how he would vote on the End of Life Choice Bill that will be put before parliament later this year.

Act leader David Seymour's bill was drawn from the ballot on Thursday and will be a conscience issue for MPs.

"I watched my sister die and I watched my mother die over a long period of time so it's very personal to me," Mr Tabuteau said.

"One of them didn't have to suffer too long despite her situation and another did, and I don't know what we would have done at the time."

Mr Tabuteau says it's time for a national discussion on the issue and wants every New Zealander to have their say.

"We have to take it to the people, we have to have that conversation and I will simply be one of those votes in that," he said.

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