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Wednesday 08 October 2008

Proclamations of the Red Queen

2nd October 2008

Voice for Life: Meanwhile, Back at the Abortion Debate…

Posted by: Craig Young

Meanwhile, and probably hoping like hell that the Court of Appeal will not reaffirm Wall v Livingston and kick anti-abortionists back out of interference with abortion access…

Voice for Life (SPUC) has borrowed the Value Your Vote voters guide from Family First, and has delivered the following verdict about the current political parties…

Election 2008 information

Based on their actual Party Voting record, this is the position of the parties currently in parliament:

Kiwi (Copeland) – support anti-abortion initiatives
United Future – majority support anti-abortion initiatives (even if Peter Dunne has said he supports decriminalisation)
National – majority support anti-abortion initiatives (even if John Key has said he supports the status quo)
Maori – majority support anti-abortion
NZ First – majority support anti-abortion initiatives (coveniently forgetting Peter Brown’s Death With Dignity Bill)
Labour – majority are pro-choice (never mind Helen Clark’s support for international action against capital punishment…)
ACT – majority are pro-choice (especially Heather, although Rodney also supports decriminalisation)
Progressive (Anderton) – is pro-choice on abortion (but opposed to euthanasia. Let’s not mention that, though).
Greens – pro-choice (but Sue Kedgeley opposed to euthanasia)

The Electoral Finance Act appears to be having a limiting effect on groups who want to highlight issues relating to current government policy.

[Ah- that must explain why Family First has an operational voters guide website!]

Voice For Life…will be providing a list of electorate candidates from all parties as best we can determine, based on who consistently takes a prolife position on life issues or who approaches discussion on life issues openly. We will update this information as often as we can.

[Consistently? Even on their stances related to nuclear weapons and capital punishment, you mean? And incidentally, guys, not all social liberals support the decriminalisation of voluntary euthanasia or physician assisted suicide, yet…]

Nothing from ALRANZ yet, although they’ll probably have something out before the election.


Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (New Zealand’s oldest pro-choice group)

Not Recommended:

Voice for Life:

Misogynist religious fanatics who want to force their sectarian hatred for women’s reproductive freedom on the rest of us.

Tags: Politics · Religion

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Craig Young // Oct 2, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Meanwhile, in Canada, they’re still whingeing about the perfidious PM Stephen Harper, who has just stabbed the anti-abortionists in the back:

    “Jim Hughes, President of Campaign Life Coalition - the political arm of the pro-life movement - told that Harper’s statements proved once again that pro-life advocates must vote for the pro-life candidate in their own ridings regardless of the party they represent. Hughes said that he has told people for years that Harper would not protect the unborn. “I’m sorry that there are people out there who have believed that he was waiting for a majority before acting on the issue,” said Hughes. “

  • 2 Craig Young // Oct 3, 2008 at 11:06 am

    And Right to Life, New Zealand’s other anti-abortion group, has just announced it will be putting out a multi-item candidate questionnaire, asking:
    1. If the Court of Appeal says so, will you force the Abortion Supervisory Committee to interfere with abortion access more often?

    2. Do you want a Status of the Unborn Child Bill to ban abortion altogether?

    3. Do you think that parents should be aware of under-sixteen year old terminations (with no mention of the contingency of incest here, let it be noted)

    4. Do you want to ban same-sex marriage?

    Note the last one. They’re *our* enemies too.


  • 3 Craig Young // Oct 3, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Oh- and they also want stem cell research banned in New Zealand…


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