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Capill's Disability/Abortion Comments Offensive

"The Christian Heritage Party is making offensive comments about Nazism and reproductive choice in the context of so-called "wrongful life" cases."

"ALRANZ would like to make it clear that we support choice in this particular context. We believe that if a woman and her partner decide that they want to continue the pregnancy, then any intellectually, physically or compound disabled child should receive anti-discrimination law protection, advocacy services and community care. However, this must be distinguished from terminations of pregnancy in the context of severe life-threatening medical conditions"

"If an embryo or foetus cannot survive, then abortion may be preferable to a short-term existence in agonising pain. As someone with deceased intellectually and physically disabled cousins, I find Capill's comments grossly offensive." said Craig Young, Research Officer for the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand today.

Contact: Craig Young (06) 3569099 ext 7750

ALRANZ Box 28008 Wellington

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