Planned Parenthood’s Agenda Not Welcome In NZ

Media Release 31 October 2013 Family First NZ says that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s agenda is not welcome in NZ and parents should be wary of its message and resources targeted at young people. The president Cecile Richards is speaking at the Family Planning Conference in Wellington today. “A review earlier this year of sex education resources in … Read More

Morning-After Pill Plan Flawed, Undermines Parents

Media Release 24 October 2013 Family First NZ is labelling moves by Pharmac to roll out a nationwide scheme to allow pharmacies to offer the Emergency Contraception Pill free of charge to children as young as 12 as flawed and a waste of taxpayer money, and says the evidence suggests it will do more harm than good, and will undermine … Read More

No Evidence Supporting Abortion on Mental Health Grounds

Media Release 11 April 2013 Family First NZ is welcoming research from the Christchurch Health and Development Study which questions the current practice of recommending and authorising abortions on mental health grounds, with the authors adding that their conclusions have ‘uncomfortable implications for clinical practice and the interpretation of the law’ in New Zealand. “Does abortion reduce the mental health … Read More

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