Family First NZ will be making a submission to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee this morning (Thursday) on the Child and Family Protection Bill. The bill makes amendments to the Care of Children Act, Adoption Act and Domestic Violence Act with support from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
While supporting the bill, Family First will be asking the MP’s to expand the bill to cover three additional issues covered by the legislation being amended and by UNCROC. Those are child pornography, child prostitution, and parental notification.
“A recent poll of 1,000 New Zealanders revealed 79% support for parents being informed when their daughter is pregnant and considering an abortion – only 12% supported the current law. This law needs to be changed as it is an insult to the overwhelming majority of parents who want to care for and support their children despite the circumstances, rather than being kept in the dark about it,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“We will also be asking politicians to give the police more rights and powers to deal with underage prostitution, and confront the reality of human trafficking, including the potential link to illegal adoption, as a result of the law reform.”
Family First will be asking for stronger penalties for the possession and distribution of child sex abuse images. The Department of Internal Affairs have said that fewer than half the nation’s convicted child-pornography offenders were being jailed. It said the low rate of imprisonment in the face of a “plague” of child pornography that is getting “far more violent” and “sicker”, and with younger victims, was infuriating.
“We must do all we can to protect the innocence, physical integrity, and lives of children, and to send a strong message of the community’s rejection of this type of activity,” says Mr McCoskrie.
Bob McCoskrie will be making the submission in Wellington at 10.25am today.