Right to Life deplores the government’s opposition to Gordon Copeland’s abortion [Informed Consent] Bill being introduced into Parliament for debate.
Gordon Copeland, Independent MP is commended for seeking leave of the House in his general debate speech on the 9th April to have his important Bill introduced. Its introduction required leave of the House; it is disappointing that several Labour MPs objected.
The government’s opposition to this Bill is consistent with its position since assuming office. Since 1999 this Labour government has presided over the destruction of over 140,000 unborn New Zealanders. Last year the government paid certifying consultants over $5 million in fees for authorising nearly 18,000 abortions. The highest paid consultant received $223,800 in fees for authorising 1685 abortions, he declined only 7. (ie less than half of one percent).