Application to perform abortions in Rotorua withdrawn

Rotorua Daily Post 5 May 2017
Family First Comment: Good decision Southern Cross. Stick to healthcare!

An application by Southern Cross to perform abortions at its Rotorua hospital has been withdrawn, with the chief executive saying the application should never have been made.

But a local doctor says she is disappointed by the hospital’s decision to withdraw, considering it “a terrible shame for women in Rotorua”.

The application for a licence to perform the procedure, made by Southern Cross Hospital on Otonga Rd, was withdrawn yesterday.

Southern Cross chief executive Terry Moore said the application was submitted before a final decision had been made to deliver the service.

“It should never have been applied for. The hospital hadn’t gone through the full process.

“We have no intention to deliver that service in Rotorua.”


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