Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hope for the Unborn in New Zealand?

From What's next for abortion in New Zealand?

It seems that abortion in New Zealand has been following the adage "it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission". Thanks to the slowness with which the wheels of government turn, the excuse of "mental health" has passed as an excuse since 1982, according to the article. (Ignoring the mental health consequences of abortions, of course!)

Public pressure has apparently kept most MPs from speaking up about it of late.

Now, thanks to a ruling by a Judge, this may change:

The judgment by Justice Forrest Miller found that:

* The Abortion Supervisory Committee had "misinterpreted its functions and powers under the abortion law".

* "There is reason to doubt the lawfulness of many abortions".

* NZ law says abortion must be authorised by two certifying consultants using a limited number of grounds.

* Some certifying consultants decline few or no abortions.

* Justice Miller said the committee was wrong to interpret the law as meaning it had no power to review or scrutinise consultants' decisions.

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