FROM THE LEFT – CHRIS TROTTER
The Dominion Post 13 June 2008
It was exactly 30 years ago, in 1978, that the women of New Zealand finally won the right to a safe, legal abortion. It had taken many years of bitter political struggle to overcome the resistance of those who saw motherhood as a woman’s destiny, rather than a woman’s choice. To the young, confident woman of 21st-century New Zealand, that slogan, “A woman’s right to choose”, probably seems as antique as the militant suffragettes’ cry of “Votes for Women”. Nothing more than a quaint relic of a less enlightened age; something from the past. But the young, confident woman of the 21st century would be wrong. The social forces that mobilised to prevent the decriminalisation of abortion back in the 1970s have not gone away.
…The Ken Orrs of Right to Life New Zealand and the Bob McCoskries of Family First have caught the whiff of a massive right-wing victory in November. They fervently believe that, after nine long years, their hour is at hand. Five months out from the election, they’re certainly not saying, “Oh bother, New Zealand is about to elect a socially conservative millionaire prime minister and a right-wing majority to the House of Representatives, there goes all hope of getting any of our cherished religious principles recognised by an MMP parliament.” All that stands between them, and the anti-abortionists’ long- delayed revenge, are the young, confident women of 21st-century New Zealand – and their brothers – who still believe in a woman’s right to choose.
Family First Comment: Chris Trotter obviously feels very threatened by the existence and voice of Family First!! Previous comments by Mr Trotter include
Sunday Star Times 6 January 2008
One only has to recall &the enormous assistance supplied by organisations and individuals such as Family First and John Boscawen, to appreciate how integral National’s extra-parliamentary allies have been to its success. Indeed, a close study of the poll date released over past 12 months shows these groups playing an indispensable role in pumping up the Opposition’s numbers.
&. I don’t know how I could have failed to predict the furore over Sue Bradford’s anti-smacking legislation – but I did.