More needs to be done on abortion, groups say

Otago Daily Times 20 June 2012
Declining abortion rates are being welcomed by various groups and organisations throughout New Zealand, but many say more must be done to address issues of concern. The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (Alranz) hoped declining abortion rates were a sign of increased access to contraception and the ability of women to choose the timing, spacing and number of children. But Alranz president Dr Morgan Healey said Statistics New Zealand data needed to be understood within a wider social context which “continues to stigmatise women for their sexual and reproductive choices”. The stigma and silence associated with abortion had to be broken, and policy amended to reflect a fair society, Dr Healey said. “Alranz calls on the Government to use the opportunity of the annual release of abortion statistics to move toward a review of the existing laws,” she said. Right to Life New Zealand spokesman Ken Orr, of Christchurch, said the “huge decrease” in annual abortions was encouraging. He suggested abortions were becoming less popular among New Zealand women, who had an increased awareness about associated risks, which he said included mental-health issues.

…Family First New Zealand also welcomed the drop in abortions but issued a press release stating the number of teenagers choosing abortion was still a concern. In the year to December 2011, there were 2890 voluntary, legal abortions performed on girls aged 11 to 19 years in New Zealand. “An average of 55 teens have an abortion each week, 38% of women have had previous abortions … and 17% of abortions are being performed in the 12th week or later, despite the research on fetal development,” Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said. Family First called for a law which required informed consent including ultrasound for all potential abortions and counselling to be provided only by non-providers of abortion services.


5 comments for “More needs to be done on abortion, groups say

  1. Rhona
    19 June 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you, Bob! Now, if you could put up that Globe and Mail piece about British Columbia’s ominous decriminalisation of euthanasia in the courts, then I’d be a very happy woman.

  2. Bob
    19 June 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Send me link and I will!!!

  3. Rhona
    19 June 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Here’s the best analysis of it I’ve read so far, from the Canadian Lifesite News website:

  4. David Favel
    19 June 2012 at 10:21 pm
  5. Bob
    20 June 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks David

    Actually, both reports seemed pretty fair and balanced – which is good 🙂

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