The following post is a media release from Family Life International, Auckland.
The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ), yesterday called for abortion to be decriminalised in New Zealand, making access to abortion available to all and without having to meet criteria.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v Wade case in the United States which legalised abortion throughout pregnancy in that country. ALRANZ has used this anniversary to call for the same decriminalisation here. ALRANZ claimed that Roe v Wade gave women a right to privacy and access to safe and legal abortions.
"If Roe v Wade made abortion safe in the US, why is it that there are so many reports of botched abortions, deaths and dirty clinics with dodgy staff? The women and girls who suffer terrible complications and even die while under going a so-called safe and legal abortion would speak differently on this." Mrs Colleen Bayer, National Director of Family Life International NZ said.