Both sides of abortion debate meet at Parliament

NZ Herald 25 July 2018
Family First Comment: The report says “Both sides of the abortion debate met on Parliament’s front lawn today in an orderly demonstration of free speech.”
Orderly?
No – sadly. The pro-abortion group played loud music and shouted during the Voice for Life speeches, and one of their members went through the booties and threw them all around – ignoring the weak Parliamentary Security efforts to stop him.
The good news was that the pro-life were respectful, dignified, and focused on all women – including the unborn ones.
#chooselife    #proudtobeontherespectfulside

Both sides of the abortion debate met on Parliament’s front lawn today in an orderly demonstration of free speech.

The Voice for Life pro-life group laid out 13,285 pairs of baby booties on the lawn to represent the number of foetuses aborted in 2017.

Voice for Life national president Jacqui de Ruiter said the group decided to create the graphic display following the release of the latest abortion figures to illustrate how many potential lives were lost through abortion.

“New Zealanders and women deserve better than abortion – 13,285 lost to the violence of abortion – there’s got to better be a better way,” she said.

“So many women have said afterwards, ‘If I would have known what I was really doing, I wouldn’t have done it.’

“It’s not the simple process people think it is.”
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Pro-lifers cover Parliament’s lawn with babies’ booties
NewsHub 25 July 2018
Anti-abortion protestors have covered Parliament’s lawn in 13,285 pairs of booties to represent the number of abortions in New Zealand last year.

Voice for Life President Jacqui de Ruiter said the womb should be the safest place in the world.

“Abortion should not be an option”, she said.

We’re doing this to show the public and Parliament that we are really concerned about the lives lost and that there must be a better way.”

“Thousands of people all over New Zealand have knitted these booties in remembrance. Each pair symbolises little human boys and girls who are vulnerable and need love and protection”, Mrs de Ruiter said.
READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/07/pro-lifers-cover-parliament-s-lawn-with-babies-booties.html

Anti-abortion protest delivers thousands of baby booties to Parliament
TVNZ One News 25 July 2018
Thousands of specially knitted babies’ booties were displayed outside Parliament this afternoon in an anti-abortion protest, but there was cross-party support for counter-protesters.

Voice for Life advocates for human life from time of conception. A spokesperson said the 13,285 pairs of booties were a memorial to the number of abortions performed in New Zealand last year.

Voice for Life national president Jacqui DeRuiter said they put out the booties to show Parliament and the public “a representation of all these little lives that didn’t get a chance to live”.

Ms DeRuiter said although they were outnumbered by the counter-protesters, the fact that thousands of people around the country had pitched in to knit the booties showed they had a lot of support.

“We are here to speak for the unborn, to show Parliament that we do not need more-liberal abortion laws.

“Is this not enough? 13,285?”

Ms DeRuiter said her group wanted abortion laws tightened but also for pregnant women to be properly supported so they could consider all options.

Voice for Life said after the display, the booties would be given to families.
READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/anti-abortion-protest-delivers-thousands-baby-booties-parliament

Anti-abortion protest delivers thousands of baby booties to Parliament
Radio NZ News 26 July 2018
Thousands of specially knitted babies’ booties were displayed outside Parliament this afternoon in an anti-abortion protest, but there was cross-party support for counter-protesters.

Voice for Life advocates for human life from time of conception. A spokesperson said the 13,285 pairs of booties were a memorial to the number of abortions performed in New Zealand last year.

Voice for Life national president Jacqui DeRuiter said they put out the booties to show Parliament and the public “a representation of all these little lives that didn’t get a chance to live”.

Ms DeRuiter said although they were outnumbered by the counter-protesters, the fact that thousands of people around the country had pitched in to knit the booties showed they had a lot of support.

“We are here to speak for the unborn, to show Parliament that we do not need more-liberal abortion laws.

“Is this not enough? 13,285?”
READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/362641/anti-abortion-protest-delivers-thousands-of-baby-booties-to-parliament

Anti-abortion protesters and counter-protesters at Parliament
A short video clip from Radio NZ showing the disrespectful protester trying to trash the Booties Memorial. Sad. Disrespectful.

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