Otago Daily Times.
Re 18 January. The continued fall in the abortion statistics is encouraging. The abortion ratio, the number of abortions per 1000 known pregnancies is 193 in 2003 it was 247. This proves that the major cause for the reduction is that more women are choosing life for their babies. These women, often alone are truly heroic and deserve the support of the community. The Abortion Supervisory Committee in its report to Parliament for 2013 as in 2012, again claims concern about harassment of those seeking or providing abortion services. and warns of potential violence. The Committee refuse to provide any information on the nature and locality of the alleged harassment, why is this? The pro-life movement refutes the unsubstantiated allegations of the Committee. Members of the pro-life movement have a right to peacefully assemble outside abortion facilities to pray and to offer counselling and help to women seeking to terminate the life of their child. Many women have expressed profound gratitude to those people who offered them unconditional love and support, at their hour of need to help them choose life for their baby. Why does the Committee feel threatened by people praying and offering help?