The following post is a guest post by Lydia Mead.
Over the past couple of weeks the New Zealand media has been in a frenzy over a statement by Prime Minister Bill English, and the release of survey results on the population’s attitude to abortion law.
An array of different news media are pushing for abortion law to be decriminalised shortly after newly appointed Prime Minister Bill English responded to pro-abortion advocates by stating he believed current abortion law regulating abortion was working just fine and did not need an overhaul. Amidst the media backlash that ensued, New Zealand’s oldest and fiercest abortion enthusiasts, the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRANZ) released results of the poll they’d paid to have done on Kiwi’s attitude to abortion legality.
What’s surprising from the results of that poll is not the roughly even split of opinion on the matter, but the drivenness of media outlets to claim the results as proof that the vast majority of New Zealanders are pro-abortion. In contrast, the results show that while support for the mother choosing abortion for more extreme reasons, such as pregnancy caused in a rape situation, mother likely to die or baby’s disability, is expectedly high, support for the mother having an abortion for much more common reasons like failure of birth control, financial reasons, or just a lack of desire to be a mother were followed by percentages that are roughly an even split of 50% against and 50% for the woman being approved for abortion. What is unsurprising is that NZ media is using these results as leverage to push for abortion on demand. [Read more…]