Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


SPUC Distort Govt Initiatives On Abortion

It is predictable that the anti-abortion movement has sought to distort the current government's initiatives for constructive change to our abortion laws.

Christchurch SPUC argues that the current mental health grounds for abortion access are illegitimate. Given that third parties have been forbidden access to women's confidential medical records related to abortion since 1982, how does Christchurch SPUC verify what seems to be mere innuendo? Some psychologists argue that reactive depression is a possible response to an unwanted pregnancy, and it is cited in medical textbooks as such. It is not difficult to suggest that economic hardship may worsen women's mental health in the context of unwanted pregnancy.

Christchurch SPUC also seems to be unaware that the Code of Health and Disability Consumers Rights would protect anti-abortion women from harassment and coercion, and also requires medical practitioners to state their identity and affiliations, and refer them on to an amenable colleague.

Finally, Christchurch SPUC advocates the Status of the Unborn Child Bill, a draconian anti-abortion legislative proposal that would ban abortion except in the case of physical risks to a woman's life, which could be subject to judicial review. Given the current shortfall in social services, poor women would die from backstreet abortions under such circumstances. Moreover, Christchurch SPUC also has connections to the Christian Heritage Party, which favours tightened criteria for social security benefit access.

Pro-life or pro-lie?


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news