Abortion does not Criminalise Women. Why is the Public being led to believe that it does?

Media Release 12 August 2014

Advocates for the killing of unborn children falsely claim that the abortion laws criminalise women; they don’t.  The abortion laws in New Zealand are in the Crimes Act to both protect women and their unborn.

In the defence of women, Right to Life challenges those who claim to represent women but advocate for the anti-feminist decriminalisation of abortion. Their politically correct language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.  They betray women by seeking to remove the legal protection afforded by the Crimes Act, for the health and welfare of women and the life of their precious unborn children.

The Crimes Act does not criminalise women, Section 185,  Female procuring her own miscarriage was repealed on 16 December 1977. Section 183 Procuring abortion by any means, provides for a person who unlawfully administers to or causes to be taken by her any drug or any noxious thing, or unlawfully uses on her any instrument to procure an abortion to be charged before the court.  A person found guilty of procuring an unlawful abortion may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 14 years.

The section specifically states that the woman or girl, the victim of this offence, shall not be charged as a party to an offence against this section.  Why then, do those who seek the decriminalisation of abortion continue to tell women the falsehood that they are criminalised?

Decriminalisation of Abortion Would:

  • Remove Abortion from the Crimes Act. It would no longer be a crime to kill an unborn child.
  • Abortion would be a health issue; the state would have no interest in protecting the right to life of an unborn child, which would become the property of the mother.
  • An abortion could be procured for any reason or no reason at all, effectively for the full nine months of pregnancy.
  • Discriminate against the disabled e.g, babies with Down syndrome or Spina Bifida, who could be killed up to birth.
  • Discriminate against women, as it allows sex selection abortions which favour male children.
  • Abortion protects the interests of men. It discriminates against women as it would increasingly empower men to abandon the child they have fathered and the mother of their child.
  • Abortion is violence against women and their precious unborn.
  • Abortion would increasingly be promoted as a “health service”.

Removing the killing of the unborn from the protection of the Crimes Act would  accelerate and encourage the war against women. Decriminalisation is an assault on the family, the dignity of motherhood and on the unborn child, the weakest member of the family.

Right to Life is totally committed to opposing any move to decriminalise abortion. Will you stand with us to protect the innocent?

Ken Orr



  1. Rhona says

    I think New Zealand really needs more diversity in the pro-life movement. As someone active in the Labour Party, I do find the going here a lot tougher than in the United Kingdom, admittedly. But it’s no good blaming Labour and the Greens completely for this. Pro-lifers have succumbed to an “American Captivity” of our movement, closing our minds to alternative strategies and tactics to achieve our goals, so that many social conservatives are distrusted within centre-left parties and have to work hard to compensate for the past thoughtless treachery of other short-sighted people.

    I suppose I have an easier time of it than some because I am an active and vocal supporter of the rights of the disabled, the welfare state, trade unions and opposition to nuclear weapons and environmental pollution (especially fetotoxic pollution such as that associated with industrial mercury) and consider myself a pro-life feminist and socialist. I would encourage pro-lifers to still work for the unborn and for the elderly, impoverished and disabled, choosing our moments when we can and working for a truly inclusive society.

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