That act “fossilises values and attitudes” from the 1950s that “are no longer fit for modern New Zealand”.
Opens door to gay adoption, as evidence suggests “love and care” is more important than a mother and a father.
For most children, having an adoptive mother and a father “may remain the best option… but for some children the best option will be something different”.
New bill will make “the best interests of the child paramount” and allow open adoptions that are now occurring “outside the framework of the law”. Closed adoptions still possible if the child is at risk.
MP says it could turn around our falling adoption figures and even lower abortion rates.