11 June 2013
Chief Executive Officer,
Bay of Plenty District Health Board,
Official Information Act Request
It is understood that your Board has entered into an agreement with the New Zealand Family Planning Association to provide funding for medical abortions at its Tauranga clinic. I wish to request the following information under the Official Information Act:
It is believed that there are no certifying consultants resident in Tauranga or employed by your Board. What is the procedure for the authorisation of abortions to be performed at the Tauranga clinic?
It is commendable if the staff employed by your Board do not wish to be involved in the killing of defenceless unborn children.
- Is this the reason for abortions not being performed in your Board’s facilities?
- What is the funding provided by your Board to the FPA for each medical abortion?
- What is the period for the contract for the provision of abortions?
Right to Life is disappointed that your Board has entered into an agreement with Family Planning for the killing of unborn children. We consider that abortion is violence against women and their precious infants in utero. Family Planning are making war against vulnerable women in Tauranga. We are opposed to Family Planning being involved with abortions for the following reasons.
- The FPA are the major abortion referral agency in New Zealand.
- They are opposed to the current abortion legislation that was passed by Parliament in 1977 to provide protection for women and their unborn. They believe that abortion should be available as a backup for failed contraception.
- The FPA publicly stated in 2008 that it was their intention to seek a licence to perform abortions at each of their 30 clinics.
- They are currently conducting a national campaign to have abortion decriminalised to allow women to have an abortion for any reason or no reason for the full nine months of pregnancy.
- Justice Miller said in the High Court in Wellington in August 2009 in the Judicial Review of the performance of the Abortion Supervisory Committee brought by our Society that in view of 99 per cent of abortions being authorised on mental health grounds that there was serious doubt about the lawfulness of many abortions in New Zealand.
- In the light of all the evidence Right to Life would have serious doubts about the lawfulness of abortions performed by Family Planning.