Lawyers for unborn children – now there’s a great idea!!

Imagine how many abortions we could prevent if we appointed a lawyer for the unborn child!! 

Lawyer acts to aid unborn children 30 Jan 2011
A lawyer who refused to seek bail for a drug-addicted pregnant client assigned to him is being hailed as a hero. Child advocate Christine Rankin said lawyer Tony Bouchier’s actions were heroic, after he contacted Child, Youth and Family about the case. Six months pregnant Isabelle Kare Brown, 35, who is on a methadone programme, was charged with possessing instruments for methamphetamine use, and appeared in court last week, after police found her living rough in a garden shed in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes.

She would have been released on bail last Monday but for the efforts of her assigned counsel, Bouchier, who was upset the police declined to apply for detention under the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act. “I’m supposed to go and get her bail but I know where she’s going to go,” he said. “I know I’m sticking my neck out to a degree, but morally, I think I’m right. Morally, I think looking out for Isabelle is looking out for the baby. Isabelle is not concerned with the baby. Isabelle is concerned about Isabelle.”

Rotting food, beer bottles, a petrol can and, according to police, needles littered the floor near where she was sleeping. Barefoot and filthy, her urine-soaked trousers allegedly had a rusty razorblade and a used hypodermic needle in the pockets.


4 comments for “Lawyers for unborn children – now there’s a great idea!!

  1. Nicky S
    1 February 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Well done Tony. NZ is in desperate short supply of heros, particularly those who would come to the rescue of women and children. I love seeing men who get what they are called to do – protect, rescue and defend, instead of abuse, violate and abandon. God bless you.

  2. Brenda Morgan
    1 February 2011 at 3:27 pm

    What is sad about this case is that if this baby reaches full term it will then have to go through withdrawl for weeks, could be born with birth defects and will need to find a wonderful family that will love and care for the baby. Good on the lawyer for taking a stand, it needs more people to take a stand for children who whether unborn or born who are put into this situation. Why then is the woman not being charged with child abuse after all the baby is now classed as a baby, a living being, if this was a born child cyps and others would not hesitate to step in and interveine.

  3. Judith Keir
    1 February 2011 at 4:00 pm

    This would seem to be a victory for common sense, and a great way of re-exploring the rights of the unborn child (whether or not the mother is a drug-addict). My nephew was born addicted to heroine and very premature (his other siblings were already out of their mother’s care). Praise God he has a great chance of a normal life, but how sad he had to endure withdrawal and abandonment. Tony has simply understood a universal truth; unborn babies are no different in God’s sight to anyone else and should therefore be afforded all the rights under law that we do.

  4. Judith Keir
    1 February 2011 at 4:06 pm

    P.S. Should just clarify that my nephew was adopted by my brother and his wife and is doing really well 🙂

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