Recent polls in New Zealand have revealed that only about 2% of women in the country support abortion on demand up until birth. Furthermore, approximately 93% do not support sex-selective abortion. Yet, despite the opinion of the public, the New Zealand government have just voted in the most extreme abortion law into their country. With 68 votes to 51, the country is now faced with the legalisation of abortion on demand up until birth for any reason, which includes sex-selective abortions and in the case of a disability.
During this time, the world is facing a national crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic spreading worldwide. With the public distracted by the current panic due to this new virus, the politicians of New Zealand have quickly pushed for this new law into their country, seemingly taking advantage of the current situation. MPs had also overwhelmingly voted by 100 votes to 19 to deny the public the right to decide on these abortion laws. Based on the results of the polls, it would not be surprising if the public had voted differently.
This is a sad week for New Zealand as they now face the increased risk of abortion rates going up. Their previous abortion laws already exploits the vulnerable and puts so many lives at risk. Now, the country faces further discrimination towards women, who are more likely to be victim of sex-selective abortions. Another law that has been passed by New Zealand MPs allows for an abortion procedure to be carried out without a doctor being present– putting a greater risk on women's lives. If something were to go wrong, who will be there to help these poor women?
We send our prayers over to New Zealand as they not only deal with a pandemic that is taking the lives of the elderly and the sick, but also must face a new extreme abortion law that claims the lives of so many unborn children, and in some cases, their mothers too.
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