How liberal is Simon Bridges really?
NewsHub 19 November 2018
Family First Comment: If being ‘conservative’ means being against drugs and for life, then be 100% ‘conservative’, Simon.
On Monday morning AM Show host Duncan Garner quizzed the 42-year-old on a few thorny topics currently before Parliament.
Perhaps surprisingly, one of the biggest wedge issues between liberals and conservatives is the one Mr Bridges seems most likely to back change.
Justice Minister Andrew Little wants abortion taken out of the Crimes Act.
“It attaches a pretty heavy stigma to a woman who is considering an abortion and taking advice about it, for her to think that she’s committing a crime, but she just has to go through these hoops and she’s okay,” he told Newshub Nation in October. “That’s not a good starting point.”
The Law Commission has come up with three possible replacements for the current law, which dates back to 1961. Mr Bridges says he wants to see which the Government decides on before he makes up his mind which way to vote.
“I think what we need to see is what Andrew Little is going to propose. He hasn’t put the legislation forward. I think he needs to do that. He’s said he’s going to take his time, and so I want to too. I do want to see what specific proposals he has are, treat them pretty seriously. So I don’t know.”