The need to reform the ridiculous and condescending abortion laws are obvious to anyone with an education and basic reading skills.
Women having to pretend they have a mental problem with a pregnancy to get an abortion is the false compromise that NZ law makers came up with in 1977. Abortion wasn’t made legal, but the mental health loophole was built in to allow it anyway.
Such gerrymandering of legislation for petty ignorance is beneath us as adults.
So how does it all play out politically? Where are the 4 Political Parties that will decide any change in abortion law on this?
National – Bill English is hardcore anti-abortion, has been for years and won’t budge on it. Any National Party MP willing to risk never getting a promotion while English is Leader are ‘free’ to make a conscience vote, but I suspect it won’t really be ‘free’ at all.
Labour – They agree with a change and with Jacinda as Deputy, Labour has the most to gain as an identifiable policy with the wider female electorate. Won’t put an Abortion Bill in the ballot in order to not get distracted from its message of houses and jobs, but expect change if in a position to form a Government.
Greens – Totally in support of law change and very strong support from their activist base for change. Won’t put an Abortion Bill in the ballot for the same reason as Labour, doesn’t want to politicise the dormant but loud pro-life movement, but again expect change if they are in a position to form a Government.
ACT – His vote won’t matter but Seymour wants reform.
United Future – Hopefully won’t be in the next Parliament.
Maori Party – Conservative on abortion.
MANA – I suspect that Hone will be personally conservative on abortion, but would vote for it or abstain.
But the real decision on Abortion law reform will actually be what NZ First’s position is as they are most likely to be king makers in the next Government, and after touching base directly with Tracey Martin, this is their policy…
What’s our view on abortion legislation?
Abortions should be safe, legal and rare.
We have a policy of citizen-initiated binding referendum, held at the same time as a general election – a policy we have had for 23 years – this is one of those issues for such a referendum. It should not be decided by temporarily empowered politicians but by the public.
We need a 12 to 18 month conversation around this issue and then let the people have their say.
Topics that we would be suggest be associated with this discussion would include: Moving the issue from the Criminal Act to the Health Act, ensuring women get the best possible advice, getting more research into “why” women find themselves needing to seek this service and how can we assist them to avoid having to seek this service.
…so, the most likely outcome for any Abortion Law reform will be a 12-18month referendum.
That sounds delightful.