Re: Proposed Bill to Decriminalize Abortion.
I wish to express concern at the proposal of the Hon Steve Chadwick to sponsor a private members Bill to seek the decriminalisation of abortion in New Zealand. It is her intention to seek cross party support. We believe that the proposed Bill is not in the best interest of women, their unborn children or of society. Our reasons for our opposition to the proposed Bill are as follows.
What does ‘Decriminalisation of Abortion Mean’?
It is the removal of all reference to abortion from the New Zealand Criminal Code, allowing abortion to be performed on any unborn child for "any" or "no" reason up until 24 weeks. It would no longer be a crime to kill an unborn child. We believe that effectively we would have abortion on demand up until the child is born. In this situation there would be no legal safeguards in place to protect the lives of the unborn child or the pregnant mother.
Decriminalisation would be contrary to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion, 1977.