Parliament passed the Abortion Legislation Bill’s first reading on Thursday by 94 to 23 votes in a conscience vote. Below, is a selection of abridged speeches from the first reading. Opinion: Men shouldn’t vote in an abortion referendum Large majority of MPs pass first reading of proposed abortion law reforms Jacinda Ardern believes ‘large number of people’ will support abortion law reform Andrew Little (Labour) Around 13,200 abortions are carried out in New Zealand each year under our current law. Under that law, when a woman seeks an abortion, she is in the first instance committing a criminal act. Women seeking an abortion have a defence to the crime if they comply with the requirements of the Crimes Act and the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977. Complying with the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act requires a woman to obtain the approval of two, or possibly three, certifying consultants, usually after consulting her GP. Those consultants must be satisfied, among other things that continuing the pregnancy would result in serious danger to the physical or mental health of the woman. There are other grounds, but this is the most commonly relied upon ground. That is the test if the abortion… Read full this story
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