Abortion for under 15-year olds is in the news again and groups like the FPA, NZ Medical Council, the Royal College of GP's and individuals like Helen Clark are WRONG, as they say kids do not need to tallparents or guardians of any impending abortions.
The College of GP's say that if kids who got pregnant were made to tell their parents that would lead to illegal underground abortions.
Well, what's new. Most abortions are illegal - ie, they are not done on mental health grounds. But as for driving teenage abortion underground if kids have to tell parents of their abortions - thats CRAP.
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Well its 8pm so here goes….
How many girls 16 and under who have an abortion refuse to tell their parents. Ummm…. we don't know because nobody keeps statistics. Maybe many do. I think all parents and caregivers should know if their child is having an abortion unless the girl concerned has been raped by that caregiver or is in an abusive household, in which case CYF should be told. However the medical associations have come out opposing any law change to the Care of Children Bill, saying that such a change will lead to dangerous and illegal abortions.
What a load of crap. We`ve had that argument before, when prostitution was supposed to be dragged underground once decriminalised. Was it?
How many abortions are done every day without danger to the mental health of the woman? Sheesh, more than three underage abortions are carried out every two weeks in NZ. They may or may not be dangerous but they are illegal under the law, but the law turns a blind eye to what's really going on.
National's Judith Collins effectively tells the medical unions to get stuffed saying that if kids are raped their parents have a right to know. If they get pregnant they have a right to know as well, in most cases. It's not the doctors or the medical unions who pick up the pieces and deal with the child post-abortion, they however are happy to collect the lump sums for every consultation. Collins has introduced a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) to the Care of Children's Bill to change the law as the select committee which she was on didn't have the balls to do so because they were full of Labour and Green lefties who had the "majority". The COC bill has been delayed and delayed because its such poor law and only a few Labour MPs and the Greens support it.
Of course the Minister of Nutty Statements, David Benson Pope, says of a 12-year old, "if she is sexually mature and she's pregnant ... she's also a woman." Does that mean that if she is not sexually mature and pregnant she's still a girl?
And PM Helen Clark, who has never been pregnant - no comment on her sexual maturity, though - has pretty much said that she supports the rights of the child more than the rights of the adults in this area. Don Brash OTOH, supports Collin's SOP, and the rights of the parents to take care of the child as does the majority of National's caucus.
It's a pity both leaders don’t think of the rights of the child - or the rights of parents to take care of children - when considering the Civil Union Bill, though.