Anti-abortion listing stuns centre

Sunlive 20 August 2014
A Tauranga counselling centre director is stunned a website has listed her service as a place refusing to provide abortions and contraception and says it is not the case at all.

The newly-launched invites people seeking services like contraception or abortion to report experiences of hostile or unhelpful health professionals to the website.

Women can anonymously share pregnancy stories online and submit providers they claim have refused or disapproved of services.

Tauranga’s Pregnancy Choice Centre is listed on the site’s database as a centre allegedly refusing to providing reproductive health care services, or publicly support such action.

The only Tauranga service listed, is one of six Bay of Plenty listings, which also name four doctors and a nurse from Rotorua.

Pregnancy Choice Centre director Janice Tetley-Jones says her centre provides support to all pregnant women – regardless of what they choose when it comes to sex and pregnancy.

“It makes no sense to me at all because we go out of way to be unbiased and to enable people to make a choice for themselves – so there is nobody that is turned away.

“This listing is so the opposite to what we’re doing,” says Janice.

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