Lawyer acts to aid unborn baby

Stuff.co.nz 30/01/2011 A lawyer who refused to seek bail for a drug-addicted pregnant client assigned to him is being hailed as a hero. Child advocate Christine Rankin said lawyer Tony Bouchier’s actions were heroic, after he contacted Child, Youth and Family about the case. Six months pregnant Isabelle Kare Brown, 35, who is on a methadone programme, was charged with … Read More

Failures recorded as demand soars for abortion pill

The Australian October 02, 2010 THE first failures of the abortion pill have been reported in Australia amid a surge in the take-up of RU486. Therapeutic Goods Administration data shows use of the controversial drug increased greatly in the second half of last year after a national chain of day clinics was licensed to use it. In NSW, terminations with … Read More

Hearing to review abortion ruling

The Dominion Post 05/10/2010 Pro-choice campaigners say the time has come for Parliament to review the abortion law as the latest battle in a legal war over the issue begins today. The Court of Appeal will revisit a landmark High Court decision, made by Justice Forrest Miller in 2008, that the law was being interpreted more liberally than Parliament intended … Read More

A reminder that the administration of the abortion law is a travesty

The Dominion Post  20/07/2010 OPINION: It went unnoticed by the media, but Justice Minister Simon Power recently issued a press statement announcing that Rosemary Fenwicke had decided not to seek reappointment to the Abortion Supervisory Committee. There’s a story behind this. Dr Fenwicke, a member of the three-person committee since 2007, is an abortion certifying consultant who earns fees by … Read More

It was biggest mistake of our lives, say four women

Bay of Plenty Times 10th July 2010 Four out of five women who had abortions felt they had made the “biggest mistake of their lives” and in the days following the termination, felt like their lives were “upside down, they couldn’t cope, and wished to be pregnant again”. Those are the results of a survey conducted by a Western Bay … Read More

Are 18,382 abortions in a single year not enough?

Stuff co.nz 9 July 2010 The first question I’d like to ask Labour list MP Steve Chadwick is: “Why now?” What’s convinced her that the time is right to reopen the abortion debate? What ill-omened denizen of the current political environment has told her that this is the moment to introduce a members bill permitting abortion-on-demand up to the 24th … Read More

Editorial: Support the child

The Marlborough Express 07/07/2010 OPINION: Should parents have the right to know their teenage daughter has had, or is about to have, an abortion? Tough question and such an emotional debate. Abortion is legal in New Zealand if two consultants agree that the pregnancy will harm a woman’s physical or mental health. The Abortion Supervisory Committee reports that 98 per cent … Read More

Abortions on young double in 20 years

The Press 07/07/2010 The number of children having abortions has almost doubled over the past 20 years. The latest statistics have prompted calls for parents to be informed if their daughter is considering an abortion, but health professionals say the move would be “disastrous”. Last year, 79 girls aged from 11 to 14 had abortions. Of those, 68 were 14-year-olds … Read More

MP’s bill aims for abortion on demand

NZ Herald Jul 3, 2010 A Labour MP has taken the controversial step of proposing a new law to legalise abortion on request for women up to 24 weeks into a pregnancy. Steve Chadwick, a midwife and former associate health minister, is gauging support for what would be the first changes to abortion law since 1978. The Abortion Supervisory Committee … Read More

Abortion ‘triples breast cancer risk’: Fourth study finds terminations linked to disease

Telegraph (UK) 24th June 2010 An abortion can triple a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer in later life, researchers say. A team of scientists made the claim while carrying out research into how breastfeeding can protect women from developing the killer disease. While concluding that breastfeeding offered significant protection from cancer, they also noted that the highest reported risk … Read More