19th November 2013
Abortion Supervisory Committee,
Dear Ms Williams
Official Information Act -Request
The Annual Report of your Committee for 2012 discloses that there were 51 abortions for girls under 15. The age of consent is 16 years of age in New Zealand. It is an offence against the Crimes Act for a person to have sexual connection with a girl under the age of 16. It was also reported that there was one case of incest.
I would be grateful if you would advise me under the Official Information Act, what are the duties of certifying consultants when they believe that a crime has been committed against a girl or woman who is seeking an abortion? How many cases of alleged unlawful connection including incest have been reported by certifying consultants to your Committee in the years 2000 to 2013?
The Committee’s report for 2013 discloses that there were 5 abortions authorised on the grounds of Criminal offence and danger to mental health. Were these alleged crimes reported to the Police and was the Committee notified of the outcome of these cases.? How many women seeking an abortion claimed that the pregnancy was the result of rape, in the years 2000 to 2013.
Right to Life.