Right-to-lifers protest medical abortion plan

Waikato Times 24/10/2009
An anti-abortion group is outraged at what it calls Hamilton Family Planning’s plan to “kill on premises”. Voice for Life protesters staged what they called a “peaceful yet powerful protest” yesterday outside Family Planning’s clinic in Anglesea St, which could become the first centre of its kind in New Zealand to offer medical abortions. Unlike surgical abortions, medical procedures meant pregnant women would take a three-day course of Mifegyne, a drug that protest organiser Robyn Jackson said caused severe side-effects. Until now no Waikato health service provider had offered medical abortions.

Voice for Life Waikato president Kathryn Marelich said if Family Planning was granted the licence it would provide what she called an unnecessary licence to kill using chemicals she believed could do more harm than good. “We want those women to be better informed about the side-effects of taking those types of chemicals. Twelve people have died in the US from complications like excessive bleeding and infection,” Ms Marelich warned.

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