The Minister of Health Dr Jonathan Coleman in commenting on the 2017 budget proudly claims that “the government is committed to delivering better health services.”Included in those services is the Termination of Pregnancy Service which is a core health service with unlimited funding and no waiting list.
The unborn child is a very vulnerable patient that deserves special protection, how does the Minister explain that there were more than 13,000 deaths of patients in our hospitals and clinics in 2015? Being a core health service it is imperative that the District Health Boards provide this “service” or fund the woman to go to another DHB. Hidden in the budget are appropriations for an estimated $20 million to cover the annual costs of an estimated 13,000 abortions.
It is an insult to women to call the killing of their child a “service,” it is not a service to women and it is certainly not a service for the unborn. [Read more…]