Free Morning-After Pill Morally Bankrupt, Medically Flawed

Media Release 14 Dec 2012 Family First NZ is labelling a decision by the Taranaki Health Board to hand out the ‘morning-after’ pill to children as young as 12 as morally bankrupt and medically flawed because the evidence suggests it will do more harm than good, and will undermine the important role of parents. “Sexually active teens need parental involvement … Read More

Teens Conservative on Sex / Abortion Issues – Poll

Media Release 8 January 2012 A nationwide poll of 600 young people aged 15-21 poll has found that they hold conservative values on sex issues – which are significantly similar to the views of parents.  SEX EDUCATION When asked “Do you think sex education in schools should teach values, abstinence and consequences such as pregnancy, or just teach safe sex?” … Read More

Reduced Abortion Rate Welcomed But Still Concerns

Media Release 29 October 2011 Family First NZ is welcoming a drop in abortions according to figures released by Statistics NZ today. However, there is still huge concern that more than 65 teens have an abortion each week on average, more than a third of the women have had previous abortions, and 16% of abortions are being performed in the … Read More

Abortion Harmful to Women’s Mental Health – Study

Family First Media Release 2 September 2013 Family First NZ says that a meta-analysis published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry has revealed that 81 percent of females who had an abortion were found to be at an increased risk for mental health problems, including depression, alcohol abuse and suicidal behaviors. The study, “Abortion and Mental health: Quantitative Synthesis … Read More

Court Rules Abortion Supervisory Committee Redundant

Family First Media Release June 1 2011 Family First NZ says that a split decision from the Court of Appeal for a case by Right to Life Inc which was challenging the lawfulness of many abortions approved by certifying consultants shows that the role of the Abortion Supervisory Committee is redundant and it is now time for the law to … Read More

Strong Support for Parental Notification Law Change

Family First Media Release 15 May 2011 A Family First-commissioned poll last year found extensive support (4 out of 5 people) for parental notification when their daughter is pregnant and considering, or is being advised to have, an abortion. In response to the question “Should the law require parents to always be informed before-hand if their daughter who is under … Read More

Two Out of Three Support Informed Consent On Abortion

Family First Media Release 28 March 2011 The majority of New Zealanders think women considering abortion have the right to be fully informed of the medical risks of abortion – and the alternatives. In the poll of 1,000 people undertaken by Curia Market Research this month, respondents were asked “Would you support a law that would require a woman considering an … Read More

Keep Safeguards on Abortion – For Child and Mother

Family First Media Release 12 March 2011 Family First NZ is rejecting calls for the decriminalisation of abortion and says that the existing safeguards should actually be strengthened. “Family First NZ is calling for a law which requires informed consent including ultrasound for all potential abortions, and counselling to be provided only by non-providers of abortion services. Parental notification of … Read More

Family Planning Abortion Licence Backdown Welcomed

Family First Media Release 17 February 2011 Family First NZ is welcoming the withdrawal of an application by the Family Planning Association to perform abortions at its Hamilton clinic using the RU486 abortion pill. “The application, if approved, would have meant that that Family Planning would be able to persuade women (and young girls) to have an abortion, and then … Read More

PM Ignoring Strong Calls for Parental Notification

Family First Media Release December 3, 2010 Family First NZ is disappointed by comments made by Prime Minister John Key on the Stuff.co.nz web chat this week that there would be no changes to the parental notification laws. In response to a question as to whether the National government would address the position of girls having an abortion without their … Read More