New Zealand Pro-Life Group Tags Prime Minister on Abortion 12/2/10

Family First New Zealand is disappointed by comments made by Prime Minister John Key on the web chat this week that there would be no changes to the parental notification laws on abortion. In response to a question as to whether the national government would address the position of girls having an abortion without their parents’ knowledge or consent, Key responded that there were no proposed changes to the law but that they ‘encouraged’ parental involvement. Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First New Zealand, took exception to his comments. “Unfortunately this response is out of step with the wishes of New Zealanders. A recent poll of 1,000 people found that four out of five people supported parental notification laws requiring parents to always be informed before-hand if their daughter who is under 16 is pregnant and wants to have an abortion,” he said. “Encouragement is not sufficient.”