Christopher Luxon

National leader Chris Luxon's 'strongest stance' on abortion Tova's ever heard...

It’s been a terrible week for women in the United States and it’s being felt the world over as the Supreme Court decision on Roe v Wade makes way for abortion bans across the US.

Even though it’s unusual to wade into other countries’ domestic affairs, all political parties here have condemned the ruling.

National’s leader is the exception, though he did ask one of his MPs, Simon O’Connor, to take down a post celebrating the news, which read "today is a good day" surrounded by pink love hearts.

Christopher Luxon joined Tova to discuss the Supreme Court ruling, fentanyl and Europe.

In regards to the Roe v Wade abortion law being overturned, Luxon told Tova he did not think it was a good day.

Quite the contrary, he thought it was shocking and distressing news.

"What it wasn't, was a watering down of abortion law," he said.

"It was a wholesale repeal of 50 years of law and I was just very grateful that our system doesn't work that way."

Although he is pro-life, Luxon accepts that abortion is a very emotional and personal experience and affirmed he has no intention of changing any laws surrounding it.

"What I wanted on the back of Roe vs Wade is for women in New Zealand to have real certainty that there won't be any change to our abortion laws under my government."

As an MP, he told Tova his job is to represent the interest of all of New Zealand, not the interest of one specific group.

"The laws have been settled and in my view, they need to have absolutely rock-solid support and that's what I'm trying to convey."

Luxon explained that while the situation is complex, he is grateful that New Zealand offers a safe domain to openly discuss such topics and that Aotearoa provides every individual with the right to their own opinion.

He also said public servants like MP's still hold a responsibility to represent the greater public interest and belief which is what he intends to do in regards to abortion.

Meanwhile, posing as MD, cocaine, or methamphetamine, powdered fentanyl left 12 people in hospital in the Wairarapa region last weekend.

The leader of the National Party told Tova he would need more evidence before deciding on whether additional funding for drug testing or the decriminalisation of drugs would be an appropriate method to reduce drug harm in NZ.

Luxon confirmed the National Party are not supportive of the decriminalisation of drugs and believes not enough is being done to deliver rehabilitation services to those who need them.

"We are not getting outcomes, with respect to rehabilitating users."

Listen to the full interview between Christopher Luxon and Tova above.

You can also download the full breakdown on the Tova podcast, and listen on the go. Check it out on the rova app or wherever you get your podcasts.