Catholic bishops to expand post-abortion counseling

Reuters 16 Nov 2011 U.S. Catholic bishops plan to expand efforts to provide professional and spiritual counseling to women who have had abortions and to their families. Officials announced the plan on Tuesday at a meeting of 300 bishops gathered for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, saying they would extend Project Rachel, which provides counseling to those affected by … Read More

Arizona Law Leads to Fewer Abortions

CitizenLink 13 Oct 2011 A newly enacted Arizona law appears to be having an immediate — and dramatic — effect on the number of abortions performed statewide. The Abortion Consent Act, passed by the Legislature in 2009, took effect shortly after the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled it constitutional in a 3-0 decision on Aug. 11. The law mandates that … Read More

Garth George: Starting to reject culture of death

NZ Herald 10 Nov 2011 As the election campaign hit top gear, an important news item went right under the radar and, as far as I know, was not reported in any media. Statistics New Zealand announced that 16,630 induced abortions were performed last year. This is the third and most substantial (920) consecutive annual reduction, and the lowest number … Read More

UK Ministers back anti-abortion lobby reforms

Guardian.co.uk 28 August 2011 The government has caved in to calls from anti-abortionists to overhaul existing protocols and strip charities and medics of their exclusive responsibility for counselling women seeking to terminate a pregnancy. The Department of Health confirmed that it would change the rules to ensure that women are also offered counselling “independently” of existing abortion services. Its announcement … Read More

Parents of Down children taking Govt to top court

NZ Herald 23 June 2011 A group of New Zealand parents intending to lay charges in the International Criminal Court in The Hague says the Government  is guilty of social engineering. The group says NZ’s genetic-screening programme condones selective breeding and aims to prevent the birth of children with Down syndrome. “It devalues the lives of our children,” said Mike … Read More

Unborn have no right to life, Court of Appeal rules

Dominion Post 02/06/2011 The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court judge’s ruling that unborn children do not have a right to life. It also dismissed comments made by the judge about many abortions being granted “on request”. Right to Life sued the Abortion Supervisory Committee for allegedly failing to review whether certifying consultants were lawfully granting women abortions. … Read More

Teen in tragic change of heart

Sunday Star Times 29/05/2011 A mother is angry her 15-year-old daughter wasn’t counselled through the pros and cons of having an abortion until she was on the hospital bed and presented with the termination-inducing pill. Napier woman Natalie* said it’s only one of the things medical professionals could have handled better when her daughter chose to have a second-trimester termination. Two … Read More

Judith Collins backs action on secret teen abortions

Sunday Star Times 22/05/2011 Police Minister Judith Collins has pledged to support a call for laws to prevent girls under 16 having abortions without their parents being told. Collins said she would support a private member’s bill requiring parents to be involved before a termination could take place. She could not introduce it herself, because ministers can only introduce legislation related … Read More

Editorial: Law makes life hard for parents

Bay of Plenty Times 21st May 2011 There was once a time when parents had full authority over their children until they were 18. This was considered the age of adulthood. But times have changed. Teenagers are now doing things younger and seem to have more rights than ever. The issue of girls under 16 being legally able to keep … Read More