New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Petition of Pamela McIlwraith: Referendum on Abortion Legislation Act 2020

Published date: 18 Jun 2020

Petition request

That the House of Representatives urge the Government to urgently hold a referendum to allow the New Zealand people the opportunity to have their say on whether the Abortion Legislation Act 2020 should be repealed.

Petition reason

In my view the abortion legislation was rushed through Parliament while the entire country was distracted with COVID-19. I think there needs to be a referendum so the people can have their say—MPs should not be able to vote against giving the people their say in such important matters, especially a law legalising full term abortion.

Number of Signatures: 40340
Petition number: 2017/531
Date presented: 18 Jun 2020
Referred to: Health Committee
Closing date: 21 May 2020