3News 2 October 2015
A Tauranga abortion clinic can continue providing medical abortions in early pregnancy, after a judge largely dismissed a legal challenge from Right to Life.
The anti-abortion group went to the High Court in Wellington in June arguing the Abortion Supervisory Committee wrongly granted the Tauranga Family Planning Clinic a limited licence to carry out abortions.
The Family Planning Association had applied for the clinic to carry out only medical abortions – using drugs – rather than surgical abortions, and they be done during the first nine weeks of pregnancy.
But Right to Life said the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act did not permit the committee to license only medical abortions or nine week-only abortions.
In his judgment released yesterday, Justice Joe Williams found the act says a limited licence must authorise the FPA to perform abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.