New Zealand has passed a law to allow unborn babies to be killed for any reason up to birth. The law will allow an abortion to take place after 20 weeks if two health professionals think it is appropriate considering the mother’s “overall well-being”. Before the vote, abortion was only permitted after 20 weeks where the mother’s life was at risk. Pro-life group Voice for Life said the country’s parliament had “failed” in its “duty of care to consider the wellbeing and protection of all New Zealanders including the vulnerable”. Doctors will also no longer need to approve abortions before 20 weeks, allowing mothers to self-refer. Under the new system, abortion on the grounds of disability, such as Down’s syndrome, will become available up to birth. The Bill passed by votes 68 to 51.