June 28, 2022
Māori MP’s explain abortion vote
In the wake of the controversy over the US Supreme Court’s decision to remove constitutional protection for abortion, Māori MPs are defending their votes against a 2020 law decriminalising abortion in this country.
They included Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta, who criticised the Dobbs’ decision, Adrian Rurawhe, Meka Whairiti, Rino Tirikatene, three National MPs and two from New Zealand First.
Mr Rurawhe says he was concerned about the lack of safeguards for wahine after 20 weeks of pregnancy, while Ms Whaitiri says the Bill did not clearly address Tikanga and the safeguarding of whakapapa.
Mr Tirikatene says he supports women’s choice and women’s health, but he had a personal objection.
“My mum was advised by her doctor to have an abortion when she was carrying me so it’s a very personal issue and I’m pleased my mother made her health decision and here we are today,” he says.