Invisible Issue

NZ Herald 4 April 2014
The main political parties are quietly ignoring a Green candidate’s comments about the need to review abortion laws. Both sides of the argument agree the law is a mess and want it changed – but in different directions. However, MPs don’t seem keen on reopening what would be a painful and contentious debate. Another example was the recent report of Parliament’s justice and electoral committee on its financial review of the abortion supervisory committee. Despite various issues being raised, the select committee had “no matters to bring to the attention of the House”. There seems to be an unwritten agreement between the major parties that abortion should remain a no-go zone.

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