Tears welled in the eyes of Labour MPs Jamie Strange and Rino Tirikatene as they spoke of how their respective mothers were urged to have abortions while pregnant with them.
The pair were defending their decisions in 2020 to vote against decriminalising abortion in Aotearoa, explaining how personal those decisions were for different people.
They were two of nine Labour MPs who voted against the bill - 37 voted in favour - which passed by a narrow margin in Parliament of 68 to 51.
The strength of laws securing the right to safe and equitable access to abortions in New Zealand has come under scrutiny after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade and the constitutional right there, allowing states to ban abortions - over half have indicated they will do so.
The ability for politicians to speak freely on the subject here, traditionally treated as a "conscience" vote allowing them to take individual stances as opposed to following a party line, has also come into question.
National MP Simon O'Connor was forced by leader Christopher Luxon, himself opposed to the right to an abortion, to take down a social media post Luxon said "triumphalised" the ruling and did not represent the party's current position not to relitigate or revisit the topic of abortions.
O'Connor was one of 35 National MPs who voted against abortion reform in 2020 - 13 of whom remain in Parliament - alongside 20 who voted in favour.
Labour's Tirikatene, MP for Te Tai Tonga, said his vote on abortion in 2020 was "a personal decision".
"I wouldn't be here today, because my mum was advised by her doctor to have an abortion when she was carrying me. It's a very personal issue, and I'm pleased that my mother made her health decision."
Strange, standing aside Tirikatene, said he did not know that of his colleague, as he revealed his own mother had made a similar decision.
"My mother was also advised to have an abortion back in 1975. She didn't. I'm here today for that reason.
"So as Rino was saying, it is a very personal issue. It's also a very complex issue. It's certainly multifaceted. And I think we would both acknowledge that it is a very complex issue, and it's different for each person."
They both said they agreed with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's strong statements on the issue, saying the US decision was a "loss for women everywhere", and assurances that it would not be relitigated.
Tirikatene said they felt they could still express their personal views on the matter, and if any legislation did come up again it would be treated as a conscience issue.
"We support the Government position and the statements that have been made by our Prime Minister.
"But again, when these issues do come before the House, they are treated as conscience issues. And so that's how we always approach it."
Labour MP Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki said she had always been opposed to abortion but the choice was "part of New Zealand's fabric now".
"That's not what the Government is going to do, it's not going to change the law."
Labour MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri, said she felt the US decision was "sad" and explained her previous vote against abortion reform was for cultural reasons, rather than health.
"I meet with Māori women in my electorate. There's a cultural issue around whakapapa, around keeping numbers of Māori alive, and also the practice of aborting children wasn't well understood in Māori circles.
"But I understand and support the women's choice. If you understand kaupapa Māori and how we operate in our world, we can actually also support that this is a right for women's health, but where I stood was one of culture and maintaining whakapapa."
Ardern said shortly after the US ruling it was a "loss for women everywhere". She said people were "entitled to have deeply held convictions on this issue".
"But those personal beliefs should never rob another from making their own decisions."