Hon Steve Chadwick
Dear Ms Chadwick,
I wish to express concern at your proposal to sponsor a private members Bill to seek the decriminalisation of abortion in New Zealand. Our Society recognizes that you are motivated by a desire to act in the best interest of women, an objective that we share with you. We believe that the proposed Bill is not in the best interest of women, their unborn children or of society. Our reasons for our opposition to the proposed Bill are as follows.
DECRIMINALISING ABORTION VS HUMAN LIFE
What does ‘Decriminalisation of Abortion mean’?
It is the removal of all reference to abortion from the New Zealand Criminal Code, allowing abortion to be performed on any unborn child for “any” or “no” reason up until 24 weeks. We believe that effectively we would have abortion on demand up until the child is born. In this situation there would be no legal safeguards in place to protect the lives of the unborn child or the pregnant mother.