Media Release 3rd November 2013
The Labour Party has not adopted the following policy presented at its Conference in Christchurch. The Party Conference instead recommended that the proposal to decriminalise abortion be referred, on becoming the government, to the Law Commission for an opinion. David Cunliffe has recently publicly stated that he supports the decriminalisation of abortion, and also supports the Law Commission being asked to provide an opinion.
This was the ploy used by the Labour government in Victoria in 2008 and it is now going to be tried on here in New Zealand. It is clear that the Labour Party supports the decriminalisation of abortion but knows full well that many of it’s supporters do not. So in view of the coming general election in 2014 Labour realises that it is politically expedient to side step this controversial justice issue until after the election. This is nothing more than a cynical attempt to deceive the electorate as to the true intentions of the Labour Party. The electorate will not be deceived.
Here is the policy, which is being driven by Young Labour.
1.That Labour is committed to women’s health and well-being, and strongly endorses a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body. Therefore, Labour in Government will:
a) Adopt measures to ensure that a pregnant woman has the opportunity and freedom to make the best decision for her own circumstances;
b) Decriminalise abortion;
c) Ensure that access to abortion is available to women throughout the country
Decriminalisation promotes violence against women and their unborn and reveals the Labour Party as being hypocritical.
The Labour Party is opposed to child abuse yet it is promoting abortion which is the ultimate in child abuse.