Hon Andrew Little,
Minister of Justice,
28th September 2018
Official Information Act Request.
Thank you for your letter of 16 March 2018. I wish to request under the Official Information Act the following information:-
You advised that you have requested, “The Law Commission to review current abortion laws that abortion should be treated as a health issue and that women who chose to have an abortion have the appropriate care and are treated with dignity and respect and not treated like criminals under the law.”
What evidence do you have that women considering an abortion are not treated with care, dignity and respect?
In view of the fact that section 183, Procuring an abortion by any means,  in the Crimes Act states, the woman or girl shall not be charged as a party to an offence against this section
What evidence do you have that women are treated like criminals?
It was recognised in the common law of England for more than 1,000 years that it was a crime to kill an unborn child because it was an innocent and defenceless human being. This prohibition was enshrined in the Crimes Act by the New Zealand Parliament in 1856. In sections 182 and 183.
What evidence do you have to support your government’s contention that it should no longer be a crime to kill an unborn child in an abortion?
The Law Commission in correspondence with Right to Life states that the terms of reference for the review of the abortion laws preclude the Commission from making any comment about the sanctity of life and the right to life of the unborn.
Was it your intention in presenting the terms of reference to the Law Commission on the abortion law review to direct the Commission to exclude in their review any reference to the right to life of the unborn child?