Radical Abortion Law Reform Is Deeply Anti-Human Rights

We’re shocked and dismayed with the Government’s coming release tomorrow of attempts to radically liberalise abortion laws, and says it is deeply anti-human rights.

The focus of this proposed abortion policy shift is entirely on women having a right to an abortion, but completely ignores both the status of the unborn child, and the wellbeing of the mother.

Under the current law, an unborn child is at least afforded some recognition and minimal legal protection. In contrast, these proposals will give the unborn child the same status as an appendix, tonsils or gall bladder – simply tissue removed as part of a ‘health procedure’.

The proposed policy means that unborn children older than 20-weeks gestation are no longer protected in any way at all. It is simply an agreement between the mother and the abortion provider. That is quite shocking.

The proposed law would also make late-term abortions considerably more accessible, rather than for exceptional circumstances as currently required under the Crimes Act. A baby could be aborted after 20-weeks as long as the health practitioner who intends to perform the abortion considered that the abortion was ‘appropriate in the circumstances’.

Currently the Crimes Act allows for an abortion after 20 weeks gestation only if it is necessary to save the life of the woman or prevent serious permanent injury to her physical or mental health. Official Information Act statistics show that 800 late term abortions have been performed over the last 10 years where there is no danger to the physical health or life of the mother.

While polling shows general support for abortion from about half of NZers, the independent polling in January also found strong support for the unborn child having human rights and being legally protected once a heartbeat is detected (which can be between 6–12 weeks), and only a small minority thinking that life doesn’t begin until the child is born. Women are far more likely than men to say that life begins at conception.

The abortion statistics published by Stats NZ last week clearly proves that we have abortion on demand in New Zealand. While radical abortion groups want more liberal time limits, polling at the beginning of last year found that only 4% of New Zealanders want more liberal time limits for abortion. The vast majority of New Zealanders also showed strong support for a restrictive legal framework for accessing abortions. This is in stark contrast to calls by groups like Family Planning, ALRANZ and the National Council of Women who are promoting the Law Commission’s Model A which allows abortion for any reason up to birth.

“The real question we should be debating is at what point does the unborn child become a human being deserving of the same human rights and protections that we all receive and enjoy..

Family First will be mounting a strong campaign to prevent any removal of the human rights of the unborn child and which reduces the wellbeing of pregnant women.


6 comments for “Radical Abortion Law Reform Is Deeply Anti-Human Rights

  1. Caroline van Vliet
    5 August 2019 at 6:32 am

    Please stop the murder of more children in this country. It’s a crime once the child is outside of the mother but the government wants to make it legal to murder them in the mothers womb.
    NO MORE!

  2. Yvonne Fletcher
    5 August 2019 at 8:09 am

    It is better for a millstone to be put around their necks, than to cause any these little one to fall. How much worse will it be for these, “law breakers”, than for those that cause children to fall. Oh the hand of God will not be gentle. Meanwhile, we all grieve for every little life they take, and have taken.

  3. Sherie Curtis
    5 August 2019 at 9:14 am

    This is very sad. If a women was to be murdered while pregnant im sure that should be classed as a DOUBLE murder. We are not just man made, we are wonderfully made by our creator read Psalms 139 .

  4. Lole Hickey
    6 August 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Jacinda is part of the global elite agenda to sacrifice babies to their evil Gods Baal, with everything happening in the USA its a global network, of evil, sick, people who are satanists, also affilliated with the UN bloody human rights…………….. what about the baby.
    God help us

  5. Howard Carter
    7 August 2019 at 8:53 am

    Good article and summary. I do encourage and support family first in their campaign against the liberalisation of the abortion law. As someone who was adopted at birth I have a definite opinion on abortion… However I would also encourage you guys to be very vigilant in your campaign not to resort to such tactics as showing Jacinda Ardern with baby Neves as in this article, as i think it opens you up to a whole lot of criticism that will detract from what is on of the most significant debates our country has had. Fight the good fight…

  6. Lyn Crosby
    22 August 2019 at 12:18 pm

    When we talk about abortion all the time it is interesting to say that so few people actually know or care about the procedure. (It is just an abortion) There are many true videos on the internet that can be watched. IT IS NOT NICE It is bad enough to abort in the first few weeks, but go and do your homework and watch what happens after the baby is a few months old and a living human being. Chopped and sawn to pieces and sections after brutally being stabbed at the base of the skull. Then all the pieces are sucked out and counted. I would urge TV publishers or whoever to ask people to watch these such videos and be aware of this before making rash decisions.

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