Abortion clinic application withdrawn


Stuff.co.nz 18/02/2011

The Family Planning Association (FPA) has withdrawn its application for what was to be the first in a line of abortion clinics planned for around the country. The centre was to be in the Waikato. FPA sought permission to provide non-surgical abortions, using the RU486 abortion pill, from the Abortion Supervisory Committee in 2009, Radio New Zealand reported. However, its licence application was challenged because it did not have a Government contract to provide the service, as it had been unsuccessful in competing for a Waikato District Health Board tender. FPA chief executive Jackie Edmond told Radio New Zealand the association still wants to try to set up its own abortion services in other centres. The licence application process was very complicated and each area was likely to have different requirements, Edmond said. FPA does not currently have any other licence applications lodged, Hammond said. The decision to withdraw the application was welcomed by anti-abortion campaigners including Family First NZ and Prolife NZ, who said it would have been a conflict of interest. “The application, if approved, would have meant that that Family Planning would be able to persuade women (and young girls) to have an abortion, and then carry out the procedure using the highly controversial RU486,” Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie said. “This would have set a precedent for applications from FPA around NZ,” he said. “There is a huge conflict of interest here. Those offering advice shouldn’t be the ones performing the abortions.”