Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Green Party supports abortion law reform announcement

5 August 2019

The Green Party welcomes the introduction of legislation to reform New Zealand’s abortion laws and will work to ensure it provides women and pregnant people with genuine choice and access to safe and compassionate healthcare.

“Every person should have the freedom to make the right decision for themselves and their families about when they want to be pregnant and have children,” says Green MP Jan Logie.

“Our current abortion law is 40 years old, doesn’t reflect current medical science or best practice, treats pregnant people as untrustworthy and unable to make their own decisions, and creates unnecessary barriers to necessary healthcare.

“We know the majority of New Zealanders support decriminalising abortion and trusting pregnant people to make their own decisions, and we look forward to supporting these changes unanimously in the House.

“We will also work to strengthen the law as much as possible so that women can access the best possible care, and we encourage people to get involved through the Select Committee process and by talking to their MPs.

“Supporting reproductive freedom is a fundamental part of our Green values and abortion law is one piece of that.

“Everyone should have a genuine choice about whether to be or stay pregnant without fear of poverty, discrimination or violence. Everyone should have access to the healthcare and social support they need to live a good life.”

All Green MPs will vote in support of the legislation in a conscience vote.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Whakaari / White Island Eruption: Body recovery operation

Friday The NZ Defence Force recovered the bodies of six people who tragically died in Monday’s eruption on Whakaari/White Island and will support efforts to recover the bodies of two others in the hope there is resolution for those families. .. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Welfare Vs Infrastructure Spending

If New Zealand has a pressing need to stimulate its flagging economy, it seems very weird that the government is choosing a $12 billion package of infrastructure spending – mainly on road and rail – that by definition, will take a very long time to deliver their stimulatory benefits ... More>>

New Reports: "Immediate Commitment To Doing Justice Differently"

Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and Te Tangi o te Manawanui: Recommendations for Reform from the Chief Victims Advisor. Both recommend a fresh approach to the way criminal justice has been approached... More>>


"Heart-Breaking And Confronting": Surgical Mesh Restorative Justice Report

Minister Genter: “People have talked about losing the life they had enjoyed before surgical mesh harmed them – the loss of a steady job, the ability to exercise, a loving relationship in some cases. Others described the chronic pain they experienced..." More>>


Law Foundation: Government Decryption Powers Must Respect Privacy

The power of government to order users and companies to decrypt encrypted data and devices needs stronger privacy protections and additional safeguards, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Waikato. More>>

Latest 'Discussion Doc': National On Healthcare

National has today released our eighth Discussion Document which focusses on health and outlines a range of policies which will enable more Kiwis to access high-quality healthcare, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More>>


Select Committee Report: Combatting Foreign Election Interference

MPs have finally delivered their recommendations to combat foreign interference in elections in a long awaited and much delayed report. More>>

Mosque Attacks: Names Of Arresting Officers Released

Police are now in the position to name the two officers involved in the arrest of the alleged gunman responsible for the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques on March 15. More>>

Big, Bold, Permanent Change Needed: Children's Commissioner On 2019 Child Poverty Monitor

“I want to see family incomes dramatically raised by increasing benefits and making the minimum wage a living wage. And the Government needs to move much faster at increasing the supply of social housing..." More>>






InfoPages News Channels