The number of children having abortions has almost doubled over the past 20 years.
The latest statistics have prompted calls for parents to be informed if their daughter is considering an abortion, but health professionals say the move would be “disastrous”.
Last year, 79 girls aged from 11 to 14 had abortions. Of those, 68 were 14-year-olds and 13 aged 11 to 13.
The latest figure is nearly twice the 43 girls under 14 who had abortions in 1991. While the figures have generally been rising, the peak was in 2005, when 105 girls aged 14 and under had an abortion.
Family First director Bob McCoskrie said it was outrageous that parents had to sign a consent form for their child to go on a school trip to the zoo but could be left in the dark if their 11-year-old was having an abortion.
Family First and ProLife New Zealand have been campaigning for parents to have the legal right to be informed if their daughter is considering an abortion.
A law change that would have made it mandatory, backed by National MP Judith Collins, was voted down in 2004.
McCoskrie said a recent Family First-commissioned poll found 80 per cent of people thought parents should be told if their daughter was pregnant and considering an abortion.
He said there was support for the idea within the National Party, but no-one seemed willing to push through a law change.
“Abortion is the only procedure or event in a teenager’s life where for no good reason good parents are legally excluded,” he said.
Wellington teenager Jasmine Thomas said she felt pressured by staff at a youth health clinic to have an abortion from the moment she found she was pregnant.
The 17-year-old said she did not want one, but was given nearly 20 pamphlets on abortion to take home.
Questions from doctors and peer pressure from friends meant she started to consider a termination, but decided against it after her 12-week scan.
“I think heaps [of young people] get pressured into it,” she said.
Thomas, who is due in nine weeks, said parents should have the right to know if their daughter was considering an abortion, but not to interfere in her decision.
I think that the comments from pro-abortionist doctor Sue Bagshaw are actually quite interesting.
Here’s what the article has to say:
“Christchurch youth health physician Sue Bagshaw said any move to make informing parents mandatory would be “disastrous”.
Girls would be too frightened to access health care, which would mean more unwanted babies, she said.”
I sense an agenda.
You see, with this comment, Bagshaw has shown that she is committed to the belief that abortion is better than an unwanted baby is.
Bagshaw’s comments show that when she deals with young woman in a crisis-pregnancy she goes into such sessions with a pre-concieved belief that abortion is better for a young woman than an unwanted baby is.
See the problem here?
Quite clearly, her attitude here, backs up what Jasmine Thomas said, when she talked about feeling ‘pressured by staff at a youth health clinic to have an abortion from the moment she found she was pregnant.’
Which is exactly why parents need to be given the right to protect their daughters from this sort of pressure.
Bagshaw then goes on to invoke the classic pro-abortion urban legend:
“I would be really concerned they would turn to back-street abortions or do it themselves.”
Sounds scary, but lacks all credibility as an argument.
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