Mr Mark Jennings,
Dear Mr Jennings
I wish to lodge a complaint against the article titled “ Labour moves to legalise abortion” written by Thomas Coughlan and published on 16 February 2018. My complaint is that the article breached the Press Council’s Principle 1. Accuracy, Fairness and Balance.
Terry Bellamak, an American lady from Arizona, President of ALRANZ advocates for the removal of all grounds from abortion. She claims that “we trust women to make their own decisions about their own bodies.” I believe in fairness it should have been mentioned that this “reform” would remove the prohibition to have an abortion on the grounds that the child was the wrong sex. This usually means that if the child was female it would be killed. This is the ultimate discrimination against women. It would also mean that the restriction on killing the unborn with minor disabilities would be revoked, this would mean increased discrimination against the disabled. It would also mean that more babies with Down syndrome would be killed as is happening in Europe where an estimated 90 per cent are killed before birth. It is estimated that in New Zealand at present 60 per cent are killed
The article states that doctors objecting to perform abortions may refuse on the grounds of conscience and are not required to advise the patient. This is incorrect, the doctor is obliged to inform the women why he is refusing to be in any way involved with the termination of the life of a child in utero. Section 43 of the CS & A Act 1977 gives conscience protection to all medical practitioners nurses and other hospital personnel from doing anything to facilitate an abortion. This even includes staff employed to prepare surgical equipment to be used in a surgical abortion. [Read more…]