Right to Life believes that the stunning victory in the New South Wales Upper House presents a brilliant example for the New Zealand Parliament. The NSW Upper House on Thursday 11th May delivered a decisive 25 to 14 vote to defeat a contentious and dangerous bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW which would have permitted the killing of the child up to birth. The bill was presented by Green Party MP Mehreen Faruqi. The bill had the support of five Greens, eight Labour members and an Animal Justice Party member. Not a single vote came from the 21 government members, while three Labour members voted against it.
The bill was supported by the NSW Family Planning Association, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, [RANZCOG]. The bill was defeated because the Catholic Church in NSW mobilised to defend the lives of the unborn and their mothers.
Interestingly an independent Australian company Galaxy Research, which provides polling for federal and State research found the following in relation to an independent market research poll commissioned by Abortion Rethink in April 2017.
It was shameful, but not unexpected that the RANZCOG abandoned the defence of the lives of their most vulnerable patients our unborn and their precious mothers. It was also deplorable that the NSW Family Planning Association and the Green Party supported this evil bill. This concerted and organised war on the unborn and against women should be a wake-up call for our own community.
Right to Life urges our community and Parliament to take careful note of what the Greens and the Family Planning Association, proponents of a culture of death are plotting to inflict on our community here in New Zealand. When they advocate the decriminalising of abortion this is what they want;
The pernicious NSW bill was worded to repeal all laws punishing unlawful abortion. It put NSW women at greater risk of harm from abortion by removing restrictions against unqualified persons performing an abortion (including self-administered abortions) and failing to provide safeguards to ensure women give fully informed consent. It allowed the abortion of viable babies right up to birth with no restrictions at all. There was no provision for counselling or protection of vulnerable women from violence and coercion.
·The bill included a provision for safe zones around abortion clinics which would forbid any communication within the zone that is not in favour of abortion. These ‘safe zones’ would even criminalise the father of the child or the parents of a woman seeking abortion if they are found to be asking her not to undergo the procedure. Offenders faced a penalty of 6 months in jail.
The bill also denied the right of doctors to practice according to their conscience and to refuse to participate in an abortion if they did not believe it was in the best interests of their patient. If doctors object to providing or recommending an abortion, they would be legally obligated to refer the patient to another doctor who will do so, thereby becoming implicit in the process.
Right to Life believes that the decision which pushes back from the advance of the culture of death is important and sends a signal to our New Zealand government.
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