Should abortion be a health issue, rather than in the Crimes Act? Q+A debate

TVNZ One News 29 October 2018
Family First Comment: The most disturbing part of this debate was when the abortionist said “We don’t believe somebody is a person until they are born”
So why do we charge people for assaulting a woman and harming the unborn child.
Why do we operate on the unborn child in the mother’s womb?

The possible move for abortion to be treated as a health issue rather than a crime on has become a hotly debated topic.

It comes after the Law Commission released its briefing paper last week on what abortion law reform could look like. It sets out three alternative models [see below] if abortion is to be moved from the Crimes Act to the Health Act.

On TVNZ1’s Q+A, abortion practitioner Dr Alison Knowles and Voice for Life advocate Kate Cormack debated the move and Law Commission recommendations.

Dr Knowles said the current placement of abortion in the Crimes Act “may not always be preventing women from getting abortions, but it is preventing health practitioners from following evidence-based best practice”.

She said Model A from the Law Commission’s briefing paper was the preferred option.

“It would allow us to meet women’s needs and provide prompt care and follow the best possible practices, rather than expecting women to jump through legal loop holes which don’t actually improve health outcomes.”

Voice for Life’s Kate Cormack said she could not endorse any of the models the Law Commission provided.

“They’re not actually what New Zealanders are asking for. This really needs to be examined broadly, extensively… We know there’s a lot of dimensions to the abortion system in New Zealand than just the legalities.”
READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/should-abortion-health-issue-rather-than-in-crimes-act-q-debate

Abortion discussion starts at 6’10”

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