Are 18,382 abortions in a single year not enough?

ABORTION baby raised up in handsStuff 9 July 2010
The first question I’d like to ask  Labour list MP Steve  Chadwick is: “Why now?”  What’s convinced her that the  time is right to reopen the abortion  debate? What ill-omened denizen of  the current political environment  has told her that this is the moment  to introduce a members bill  permitting abortion-on-demand up  to the 24th week of pregnancy?

I would really, really like to know  who it was. Because, try as I may,  I’m finding it really difficult to make  the cost/benefit analysis come out in  Ms Chadwick’s, her party’s, or even  her gender’s favour.

Her decision might, of course, be  driven entirely by ideological  considerations – by an unwavering  conviction that every woman has an  incontestable right to do whatever  she pleases with, and to, her own  body. That would make a sort of  sense – providing, of course, she’s  willing to accept the consequences of  making ideology the battleground  upon which this issue is decided.  What’s sauce for the ideological  goose must also be sauce for the  ideological gander.

Clearly, Ms Chadwick’s proposed  bill has got me perplexed. I simply  cannot see what difference – in  practical terms – changing the present legislation would make.

According to statistics supplied  by the Abortion Supervisory  Committee, there were 18,382  abortions carried out in New  Zealand in 2007. That’s 12,437 more  than in 1980 – barely two years after  the Contraception, Sterilisation and  Abortion Act came into force on  April 1, 1978.