Law

Answers to 5 questions about NZ’s abortion law

Incredibly (but perhaps not surprisingly), some of the mainstream media have been misrepresenting the current abortion law. In fact, we’ve contacted the media a couple of times asking them to correct their misrepresentations (which fortunately they have!)

So with the assistance of legal advice, we’ve produced a new resource which clearly sets out the CURRENT law, and the PROPOSED law (as recommended by the Law Commission).

Bob McCoskrie Family First


The resource, which can be downloaded below, answers five key questions in detail but I have created a quick glance summary.

Question one: Are women ‘criminalised’ for having an abortion?

Answer: Yes and No. Some may be technically breaking the law but no one has ever been convicted of having an unlawful abortion in New Zealand.

Question two: Does NZ have abortion on demand?

Not officially. By law, there is no automatic ‘right’ to have an abortion. However certifying consultants adopt a very wide interpretation of the ‘mental health’ ground for abortion. Judith Collins has stated in parliament, “To be absolutely frank, we have abortion on demand in New Zealand, in everything except name.”

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ACT’s new bill to protect freedom of expression

There is currently only one party in parliament fighting to defend our free speech, and that is the ACT party. If National do not stand up and back most of the ACT party’s bill, I will wash my hands of them in complete disgust.

“A new member’s bill announced this morning will strengthen protections for our most basic freedom”, ACT Leader David Seymour says.

“Freedom of expression is the basis of all our freedoms. But it is under attack. The government, urged on by the Greens, is planning to further restrict what New Zealanders are lawfully allowed to say through tougher hate speech laws. The Human Rights Commission has completely failed to defend our most basic human right and has even supported extending restrictions on speech. The media and other parts of the establishment have been silent. ACT has stood alone in defence of our most basic freedom.

The Human Rights Commission should be shut down immediately. It is a complete failure which only defends the non-existent right of the chosen few to not be offended. It is unconscionable that not only has it done nothing to defend our free speech, it has also supported restrictions on it!

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Map of the day: Countries where cannabis use is legal

Recreation marijuana legalization. (Source: commons.wikimedia.org)

Transcript: (Part 2) Legalised marijuana in Colorado

Mike:

I was going to ask you about that. You’re not medical of course, but medically speaking are we getting a read on what’s happening there in hospitals and medical clinics?

Ray:

Ah, definitely an increase in visits due to a lot of different things, a lot of psychotic episodes, mental health issues, our rehab clinics and things like that. There is rehab for marijuana.

People say you can’t get addicted to it – that’s absolutely untrue. We have a huge number of people there going through treatment for cannabis and marijuana addiction and then you have individuals. The emergency room rates are sky rocketing as well as poison control rates. You know emergency rooms are seeing people for anything from a variety of psychosis type related episodes to, we have something here called “cannabis hyperemesis syndrome” which people have pretty much a bad reaction to smoking marijuana – high grade marijuana – and they have vomiting episodes and things like that and they end up in the hospital.

And you know people come here for the tourism and they get here and they find out that maybe that marijuana they tried wasn’t such a good idea.

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Transcript: (Part 1) Mike Hosking & Ray Padilla on legalised marijuana in Colorado

Mike:

It was this time yesterday that Chloe Swarbrick was trying to argue that Colorado was the place to look if you wanted to see cannabis legislation as a success story. So, let’s do that and see what’s happened. Ray Padilla is a police officer and president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association.  Ray, good morning to you.

Ray:

Morning.

Mike:

Appreciate your time very much. On a scale very… start with something broad… on a scale of one to ten, ten being this is the greatest thing you guys have ever done, one a complete bust, what’s your number?

Ray:

One would be it – complete.

Mike:

What’s gone wrong with it?

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Transcript: Mike Hosking & Chloe Swarbrick on legalising cannabis

Transcript starts at 8:19

Mike:

Back to the cannabis referendum and the polls out would suggest the majority of us don’t want it – legalisation that is – the TV1 poll, for example, had the numbers at 52/39 I think, eight were left undecided. My editorial on the in column yesterday got all the pro-pot brigade up in arms and demanding replies and one of them is the green MP Chloe Swarbrick. So, in the interests of fairness she is with us. Good morning.

Chloe:

Ata marie Mike.

Mike:

So. when you…

Chloe:

I would just like to say off the bat, definitely not in the pro pot brigade. I am in the pro sensible regulation brigade.

Mike:

Fair enough. And so, when you read my editorial, which I am sure you did yesterday, I didn’t sway you?

Chloe:

No, I mean what I read is you know, you saying towards the end – we are right – and I really wanted to delve into that because who is it? Ah, you know, who are we when you refer to the 52% of New Zealanders who are currently opposed to legalisation? That does go to show that I do have a big job to do. Ah, but stats would indicate across New Zealand that the majority of those people have tried cannabis. And I would ask how do you think the majority of those people have got cannabis or a hold of cannabis?

Mike:

But that’s pointless. It’s a pointless question to ask. They will have got hold of it illegally.

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Nope to dope

Jacinda Ardern has said that the government does not have a position on whether or not to legalise cannabis and that it is up to the public to decide in next year’s referendum.

Two of the latest two new polls have revealed that more people would prefer the status quo than have legal recreational cannabis in a regulated market.

Back in 2016 we polled our readers on legalising medical marijuana and a clear majority were in favour.

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No compliance without compensation

Kiwis might be well known for their laid back attitude, but we are also proponents of giving everyone a ‘fair go’. A government retrospectively making a legal possession illegal and then demanding that it is handed back without compensation has made the majority of previously law-abiding Kiwi gun owners dig their toes in.

Only 530 guns have been handed in so far by people who trusted the government to compensate them fairly once they had crunched the numbers. Their trust was misplaced as they have been informed that they will get zero compensation for complying during the amnesty period.

That leaves gun owners who didn’t trust the government to do the right thing now completely certain that they will be financially shafted if they now hand in their guns.

The government, on the other hand, don’t seem to understand why it has all gone so horribly wrong. Now that they have met with resistance they are stuck between a rock and hard place “primarily because the firearms the government is confiscating have never been registered with authorities.”

They simply do not know where they are or who owns them!

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