Family Party backs Judges call on abortion
THE FAMILY PARTY
Party backs Judges call on abortion
10 June 08. The Family Party has commended the position of Justice Forrest Miller who said there was reason to doubt the legality of many abortions that have been performed in New Zealand. Story: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10515414
Deputy Leader Paul Adams, says he has held real concerns for many years over the interpretation and application of the laws pertaining to abortion, that has led to a culture of ‘abortion on demand,’ and says the Judge’s comments reinforce his concerns.
“The cold hard reality in New Zealand is that over 18,000 babies are terminated annually in our country, which I don’t believe was the intended outcome of the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act, when it was originally introduced. Abortion is clearly being seen and interpreted as a birth control measure, which has devastating consequences for women and obviously, the unborn child,” said Mr Adams.
The Family Party intends to seek legal status for the unborn child and is calling for a thorough review of current practice and procedure to determine whether the original intent of the Act is being achieved and complied with, with regards to the right to life of the unborn child.
Additional policies include:
v Providing mothers with a genuine and meaningful range of alternatives to abortion, such as adoption and effective support services to continue with pregnancy, birth and early childhood
v Implementing a thorough education program for mothers contemplating abortion, to be fully and fairly informed of the nature and impact of abortion on their physical and emotional wellbeing
v Requiring parental knowledge and consent for child/teen abortion procedures (Amendment to the Care of Children Act)