Little hope for change with English’s abortion stance – lobby group

NewsHub 18 January 2017
Family First Comment: Great!

Abortion law reformists aren’t holding out hope for change under new Prime Minister Bill English – who says he wouldn’t support a woman’s rights to abortions under any circumstances.

Mr English made the comment to Newshub while on his first overseas trip to Europe.

The Catholic Prime Minister says he is “opposed to abortion in principle”.

When asked whether he still believed that in cases of rape or incest, he replied: “Yes, but I accept that people deal with their own circumstances and make their own decisions. I don’t judge them for those decisions”.

New Zealand Abortion Law Reform Association national president Terry Bellamak believes Mr English’s comments regarding rape and incest are “out of touch with the rest of Kiwi society”.

“His stance is not principled, it is cruel.”

She says Mr English’s stance will make their cause for changing the law more difficult, though they hadn’t made progress with the government when John Key was in charge.

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