Sunday Star Times 15/05/2011
A mother is angry her 16-year-old daughter had a secret abortion arranged by a school counsellor. Helen, not her real name, found out about the termination four days after it had happened. “I was horrified. Horrified that she’d had to go through that on her own, and horrified her friends and counsellors had felt that she shouldn’t talk to us,” she said. She had suspected something was wrong, but her daughter insisted her tears were over everyday teenage dramas. But Helen confronted her daughter’s friends, who said the counsellor had taken the girl for a scan and to doctors. “I didn’t know that they could do that.” Helen said teachers could discuss how a student was doing in school or phone parents when their child misbehaved, but would then keep life-changing situations such as abortions secret.
Calls for change in teen abortion law
Newstalk ZB There are fresh calls this morning for a change to the law which allows teenagers’ abortions to be hidden from their parents. Nearly eighty New Zealand teenagers have a termination every week. Family First’s Bob McCoskrie says a poll the organisation commissioned asked if parents should be involved in the process .
Schools accused of ignorance in abortion debate
3 News A private counsellor is accusing schools of ignorance and arrogance by not telling parents when their daughters are planning an abortion. Steve Taylor’s comments follow a report of a woman’s horror that her 16-year-old daughter was able to have an abortion arranged by a school counsellor with no parental input. By law, females of any age can have an abortion and many school counsellors believe the Privacy Act prevents them from telling teens’ parents. But Mr Taylor, the director of a private counselling practice in Auckland, said the Code of Ethics allowed exceptions to client confidentiality in certain circumstances.
Some abortion secrets need to be kept, say advocates
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ONE News But Family First calls for the vital role of parents to be respected when it comes to teen abortions.
Teens urged ‘tell parents’ of abortion
Christchurch Press School counsellors need to encourage pregnant teenage girls to speak to their parents before undergoing an abortion, a clinical psychologist says.
Row rages over school abortion
NZ Herald A teenage girl’s decision to have her school organise an abortion for her without letting her parents know has sparked sharp debate between pro-choice and pro-life groups.