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

Abortion Drug Concerns Should be Warning to NZ

Family First Media Release October 8, 2010 Family First NZ says that the extent of complications for Australian women who use the drug RU486 to abort their children should send a warning to health authorities in NZ as they consider applications by Family Planning and others to use the controversial drug. According to Data released by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in … Read More

Liberalised Abortion Laws Will Undermine Child Abuse Message

Family First Media Release July 3, 2010 Family First NZ says that any attempts to make abortion more available will undermine the “It’s Not OK’”message and will legitimise child abuse of the unborn child. “It is impossible to say with any integrity that a child that has been born should be protected from child abuse but if it is still … Read More