Justice Minister Fails To Condemn Sex-Selection Abortions

Media Release 27 October 2018
Family First NZ is shocked to hear that the Minister of Justice Andrew Little has not moved to strongly denounce sex selection abortions – a practice which involves sex discrimination primarily against girls.

In comments on Newshub Nation this morning, he said in response to concerns about the options put forward by the Law Commission and the potential lack of safeguards for sex-selection abortions, women are “quite capable of making these judgements themselves. I don’t buy into this argument that we should start working through a checklist of potential things, reasons why women might seek an abortion.”

“This is a shocking response and confirms just how radical the abortion agenda really is in New Zealand. Sex selective abortion is a well-known problem in China and India, where son-preference cultures have resulted in extremely skewed sex ratios. Sex discrimination carried out via abortion is well documented and has resulted in millions of “missing” girls in some societies. The number of girls and women missing from the global population is estimated to be more than 160 million, with sex selection being a major culprit. The practice of sex selection has been widely condemned,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“There is evidence that sex selective abortion is already occurring in some parts of Australia – for example, the high-profile case of Dr Mark Hobart who refused to perform a sex-selective abortion in Victoria[1], or the investigation by SBS that found a higher number of boys than girls being born in some ethnic communities in Australia[2].”

New Zealanders are resolutely opposed to sex-selection abortions. In polling released at the beginning of the year, it found that 90% oppose sex selective abortions – only 4% support. Women are 94% opposed, and 91% of those who generally support abortion are opposed.

“In a system where abortions are lawful on any grounds as lobbied for by pro-abortion groups in New Zealand, there is no protection against antenatal sex discrimination, and amongst son-preference cultures residing in New Zealand, it is baby girls who will suffer the most discrimination.”

“It is definitely a crime when baby girls are being aborted simply because they’re baby girls,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“New Zealand women are either satisfied with the current regulation of abortion or want it made more restrictive. Women are not made criminals by the current legislative guidelines and protections. To claim otherwise is simply false scaremongering aimed at deceiving people into supporting the introduction of an extreme abortion law in New Zealand which will open the door to gendercide.”

[1] http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/doctor-risks-his-career-after-refusing-abortion-referral/news-story/a37067e66ed4f8d9a07ec9cb6fd28cf5

[2] https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/korean/en/audiotrack/unusually-high-number-boys-born-parents-some-communities


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