Right-to-lifers protest medical abortion plan

Waikato Times 24/10/2009 An anti-abortion group is outraged at what it calls Hamilton Family Planning’s plan to “kill on premises”. Voice for Life protesters staged what they called a “peaceful yet powerful protest” yesterday outside Family Planning’s clinic in Anglesea St, which could become the first centre of its kind in New Zealand to offer medical abortions. Unlike surgical abortions, … Read More

Women who have just one abortion face 35% increased risk of having a premature baby

Mail Online (UK) 16th September 2009 Women who have abortions could be posing a risk to future children, according to research published today. A Canadian medical study found that those who abort a pregnancy could run the risk of giving birth to premature of low-weight children in subsequent pregnancies. It discovered that women who had undergone more than one abortion … Read More

Figures reveal horror tales of late terminations

Herald Sun (Aust) September 01, 2009 A GROWING number of induced babies are born alive following failed late-term abortions. New Queensland Health figures show 19 babies were aborted at 20 weeks or more in 2007, but rather than dying at birth as intended, the newborns were able to breathe unaided. The babies, some as advanced as 26 weeks, were aborted … Read More

Abortion body ruled by Parliament, not courts – judge

The Press 14/08/2009 Parliament is the proper authority to oversee the activities of the Abortion Supervisory Committee and not the courts, a judge has ruled. Christchurch anti-abortion group Right To Life had sought High Court orders regarding the powers of the committee, but Justice Miller has declined to do so. “The committee is supervised by Parliament, which can hold it … Read More

Gender test spurs abortion fears

NZ Herald Jun 08, 2009 A new test to reveal the gender of a fetus in early pregnancy has sparked a row over whether it will lead to sex-selection abortions. The American-designed IntelliGender test kit, which can be used from eight weeks after conception, went on sale in Australia last month. Its Australian distributor hopes to launch it in New … Read More

Abortion: all agree the law is an ass

NZ Herald May 23, 2009  There were 18,380 abortions in New Zealand in 2007. The rate (20.1 abortions per 1000 women in the 15-44 age group) is high compared to other countries, putting us on a par with Australia, the United States and Sweden. Unlike those countries, we have what has been described as “one of the most restrictive pieces … Read More

Ruling on scan offer before abortions

Dominion Post 7 May 2009 Women should be offered the opportunity to view the ultrasound scan of their baby before they decide to abort it, the Health and Disability Commissioner says. Anti-abortion group Right to Life complained to the commissioner after finding four district health boards Auckland, Waikato, Wairarapa and Canterbury did not offer women the chance to view the … Read More

Abortion pill plan

The Press 11 March 2009 South Island women could soon be able to get an abortion without going to hospital or an abortion clinic. Family Planning yesterday announced it had applied to the Abortion Supervisory Committee for a licence to dispense abortion pills. The Family First lobby group said it was concerned about the conflict of interest in clinics that … Read More

More US states consider mandating ultrasounds before abortions

USA Today.com 13 February 2009 Abortion foes have a new tactic: The hope that women can’t look away. Lawmakers in 11 states are considering bills that would offer or require ultrasounds before a woman gets an abortion. The most stringent are proposed laws in Nebraska, Indiana and Texas, which would require a doctor show the ultrasound image of the fetus … Read More

More nurses opting out of abortion ops

NZ Herald Feb 04, 2009 The Auckland District Health Board has had “critical” difficulties in providing surgical abortions to women in mid-pregnancy because of an increase in nurses refusing to perform the work. The board provides surgical abortions for women who are 13 to 18 weeks pregnant from throughout the Auckland region, plus some from other areas. It also provides … Read More