Anti-abortion group takes Family Planning to court

NZ Herald 3 June 2015
Anti-abortion group Right to Life has taken Family Planning to the High Court over the legality of the medical abortion services provided by its Tauranga branch.

The branch is the only Family Planing premises to be granted a licence by the Abortion Supervisory Board.

Right to Life argued in the High Court at Wellington today that the Family Planning centre in Tauranga was unlawful because it only performed medical abortions.

Clinics must offer both surgical and medical abortions in order to be legal, the anti-abortion group said.

Lawyer Peter Mckenzie, QC, told the court abortions must be defined as including both procedures.

He said as a result, clinics could nor operate by offering only one option.

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