Narelle Henson: Overhaul of abortion laws overdue

Stuff co.nz 17 March 2017
Family First Comment: Superb article, and some great points…
– “we made aborting calves illegal three years ago on the basis that it was “inhumane” and forced vets to breech their duty of care. It is now obvious that this logic also applies to human babies.”
– “what that science tells us, in the words of one secular humanist, is that from day one that clump of cells is an individual member of the human species. By week two that new member of our species has the beginnings of its own brain. By week six its very own heart is beating. That is why secular humanists, feminists and others beyond the church walls now openly oppose abortion.
– We know too, thanks to a recent poll by ALRANZ – New Zealand’s pro abortion lobby group – that support for abortion is lowest when it is about choice only.
– most importantly we know the law is out of date because babies in the womb are no longer voiceless. The survivors of abortions performed in the 1970s and 1980s are now old enough and confident enough to speak out.
– So yes, we need to change our laws. We need women seeking an abortion to no longer be seen as criminals, but rather the doctors willing to perform these procedures.

OPINION: The Labour Party got it right. New Zealand’s abortion laws do need an overhaul.

All of the evidence points to our society having changed in the 40 years since the procedure became legal.

As I’ve previously written, we made aborting calves illegal three years ago on the basis that it was “inhumane” and forced vets to breech their duty of care. It is now obvious that this logic also applies to human babies.

The incredible advances in technology and science have given us the ability to peer into the womb and study its contents in detail. Social media and search engines have made this information available to all of us.

And what that science tells us, in the words of one secular humanist, is that from day one that clump of cells is an individual member of the human species. By week two that new member of our species has the beginnings of its own brain. By week six its very own heart is beating.

That is why secular humanists, feminists and others beyond the church walls now openly oppose abortion.

We know too, thanks to a recent poll by ALRANZ – New Zealand’s pro abortion lobby group – that support for abortion is lowest when it is about choice only.
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/90530639/Narelle-Henson-Overhaul-of-abortion-laws-overdue
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