Media Release 26 May 2022
Right to Life believes that the government should conduct an urgent enquiry into why an assumed overwhelming number of women are not being counselled before an abortion, the effect that this is having on informed consent, the destruction of innocent unborn life and the implications for the future physical and psychological health of women.
Right to Life is concerned that the overwhelming number of women who are coerced into accepting the killing of their unborn child presumably do not seek pre-abortion counselling. A study conducted in 2019 by the Elliot Institute in the United States found that 64% of women seeking an abortion had been coerced to have an abortion against their will by others.
It should be of great concern to the community that the Auckland District Health Board revealed in a recent response to an Official Information Act request from Right to Life that there were 4,027 women who had an abortion at their facilities in 2021 and that there were only 174 women who received pre-abortion counselling. Right to Life believes that these disturbing statistics are reflective of the abortion industry in New Zealand.
Right to Life asks the government how can it be confident that women enduring the killing of their unborn child have given an informed consent, when nearly 96%, of women seeking an abortion have not been counselled?
Right to Life believes that women are not being encouraged to seek counselling as it can require a consultation with a social worker at the hospital and require a second visit on another day for a surgical abortion. The introduction of medical abortions by telehealth with the abortion pills sent to the women’s home is a further disincentive for a woman to seek counselling at a hospital.
Right to Life is concerned that the Ministry of Health has no interest in collecting information on the abortion report form on whether women are being counselled. If the Ministry of Health is really concerned about women’s health, why are they not concerned that the overwhelming number of women undergoing abortion are not been counselled?
Pre-abortion counselling is in the interest of women and their precious unborn children. It provides an opportunity for the woman to explore life affirming alternatives to the killing of the child, such as adoption, guardianship and parenting and information about services that would support a woman to choose life for her child. Counselling provides information concerning the development and humanity of the unborn child and the potential complications, sterility, future miscarriages, premature births and long term psychological grief and sorrow.
Right to Life New Zealand Inc.