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Abortion law court scrutiny

  • June 10th, 2008

I’m not surprised to hear on Radio New Zealand that Miller J has found fault in the Abortion Law Supervisory Committee’s performance.

I do not share SPUC’s view that abortion is murder. I think we are lucky that in New Zealand for thirty years we’ve had a muted conflict between those who have that passionate conviction and the rest of us.

Unfortunately that muting has been at the cost of integrity in our law. The 1977 statute was a compromise deal. Those who feel that they are being made complicit in murder through their government, backed off in reliance on the deal. The rest of us almost immediately reneged. And Parliament refused to investigate the minority complaint. It was a sleeping dog MPs were happy to leave sleeping as long as the people being let down by the law remained polite and ineffectual.

Now the cat may be out of the bag. The ASLC’s attitude must deeply worry anyone committed to the rule of law. The Committee regularly tells the Justice and Electoral Select Committee of Parliament that it does not like the law. It pleads with Parliament to change it, and openly admits that it ignores the law to allow abortion as they thought the law should be, not as Parliament had passed it.

Not a good precedent for any future governement that wants to persuade a passionate minority to accept a legislated compromise.


  • Mike mckee
  • June 10th, 2008
  • 3:24 pm

Stephen I disagree.
300 classrooms of school entry age children as year is disgusting. That’s 18,000 kids that if left in situ would just pop out in 9 months.

Especially when one considers that it is essentially a lifestyle choice to have an abortion in this country.
lazy, selfish, pitifulare the excuses for this wanton killing of the next generation.

I can understand and even sympathise with those who are passionate about saving lives and bring to full term the children presently killed by selfish women.

In the life of this Labour government that has meant 162,000 potential Ed Hillary’s or even Stephen Franks!!

That there are two alternatives makes it worse.
1. adoption – there are many couples who would be great parents.
2. close your legs unless you’re prepared to bring up a child if you get pregnant.

It is not mature to flush a growing life away to suit your lifestyle needs.
Nor turn a blind eye to the practice that just makes a liar out of you once removed.
Mike Mckee

  • jcuknz
  • June 10th, 2008
  • 8:42 pm

It is ridiculous to call them the next generation and in any case the world does not need these mouths .. there are too many of us here already.

  • Sean Reynolds
  • January 11th, 2009
  • 12:24 pm

To jcuknz,

Ah, someone who is pulling up the issue of over-population. The claim that there are too many people in the world.

Well, I don’t believe that you really believe that. I will only believe that you believe that when I read it on your suicide note.

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