Mum who petitioned for abortion law change won’t give up

NewsTalk ZB 8 July 2016
Family First Comment: Good. Neither will we

The mother who petitioned to make it mandatory for parents to know if their children under 16 have an abortion, has pledged not to give up.

Hilary Kieft’s 15-year-old daughter had an abortion at boarding school, but Ms Kieft didn’t find out about it until a year later when her daughter attempted suicide.

A select committee has rejected the suggestion of mandatory notification, but agreed to strengthen post-abortion counselling

Ms Kieft told Mike Hosking she’s disappointed with the decision.

“I’m grateful for the minor changes they’re going to do. We still can’t protect our girls. It’s still going to carry on the same. You are going to have girls that are going to try to commit suicide and girls that will commit suicide. How then are we to help them.”

Family First director Bob McCoskrie said politicians are taking power away from parents, who should have a protective factor.

“The politicians have treated parents as being a potential enemy and to be treated as hostile. For some reason we should only trust professional counsellors and we shouldn’t trust parents.”
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