NZ Herald 23 Feb 07
….. But the presence of Sue Bradford’s bill requires it to be challenged. Because it is utterly inconsistent to assert that the decision to do a violent thing before a baby is born is a matter of personal choice, but the decision to do a less violent thing after a baby is born is something over which we should have no choice at all.
If it’s not okay to beat or smack a baby then it cannot be okay to abort it.
But if aborting a baby before it is born is a matter of choice for half the human race, then a consistent politician must – however reluctantly – give all parents the same right to choose.
Either that or ban both. It has to be one or the other.
But if Sue Bradford’s bill passes, abortion will be the only act of reasonable force which anyone caring for our babies can choose to perform. Everything else will be illegal.
This untenable double standard is something we all need to confront.