From the Sunday Star Times today
Police Minister Judith Collins has pledged to support a call for laws to prevent girls under 16 having abortions without their parents being told. Collins said she would support a private member’s bill requiring parents to be involved before a termination could take place.
…In 2004, Collins argued that suggestions her approach would see more terminations, and a rise in illegal backstreet abortions, was “just plain scaremongering”.
Exactly. In fact, the research shows the exact opposite happens. Teen pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates drop by 15% on average. A win-win situation.
“We constantly tell parents they should be more responsible for their children. “But if they don’t have all the information, what can they do?” In places where parental notification was mandatory, teenage abortions and pregnancies actually fell, she added. “No child should go through the trauma of abortion on their own.”
Well said Judith.
In contrast, Deborah Coddington says
We’re open about contraception, we have more sex education than philosophy lessons in schools, but we still have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the Western world. So why are we still so conservative about abortion? Let’s not pull any punches here. Too many unwanted, nuisance-factor babies are born. If they were loved and treasured, why are they admitted to Starship Hospital at the rate of one a week with non-accidental injuries?
So it’s only babies that are going to be abused that are aborted? Wow, thanks Deborah. I never knew that. But the most distrubing statement is
Pro-lifers have no right to ruin a young girl’s life and a foetus is just that. It can’t survive on its own so has no claim over the mother.
So Deborah, when does an unborn child gain rights not to be abused? 20 weeks? 30 weeks? in the birthing room?
Still, nothing surprises me from Deborah’s rants. During the Referendum on smacking, she said of people that supported the Referendum
Scratch their skins and would we find, lurking below, a secret desire to bring back the legal right to rape their spouses,
Thank goodness Deborah Coddington is a failed politician and Judith Collins is still a very good one 🙂