Initially the focus was on the Green’s wish to remove abortion from the Crimes Act and to promote easier access to abortion, especially for those with an adverse pre-natal diagnosis. However, as the dust settles, the implications if this policy were to become law, for those who offer alternatives to abortion-vulnerable women, are becoming apparent.
Part one of the Green’s policy focuses on coercion, both for and against, abortion. Neutral counselling is emphasized, however this counselling would not be mandatory.
But “non-neutral counselling which provides women with biased, inaccurate health information” will be discouraged, according to the policy.
It appears that this is a direct swipe at sidewalk counsellors and crisis pregnancy centres.
Pro-abortion groups have long-held that pro-life information is biased and inaccurate. Yet we are the only ones to offer all the facts, present all the options, and offer a hand of practical support and encouragement.
How many pro-abortion activists take a mother facing an unexpected pregnancy into their own home because the woman, and her pre-born child are not safe from others who wish her to have an abortion?
How many pro-abortion activists offer adoption as an alternative to abortion? Not just in passing, but as a real option to be considered?
How many pro-abortion activists will offer a real path to healing for the woman who suffers nightmares, guilt and regret as she comes to terms with what she has done?
Let me know if you know of any.
How many pro-lifer’s do the above? Countless.
So many pro-lifer’s walk the talk. They stand by the woman who is now a mother, and help her bring her baby to birth. And pro-lifer’s stick around too, if that is needed, for as long as is necessary – forever if need be. Trust is grown between crisis pregnancy centre staff and volunteers and the pregnant mother. Friendships are formed. And the pro-aborts hate that.
Among other initiatives, the practical help and support that is given to pregnant women at crisis pregnancy centres, is contributing to New Zealand’s declining abortion statistics.
Also in the firing line are medical practitioners who in all conscience cannot be involved in abortion in anyway. In the policy, the Green’s make it clear that those who oppose abortion must “refer the patient to a neutral practitioner in a timely manner.”
The Green’s assert that abortion is a health issue. But pregnancy is not a disease. A human person, growing within his or her mother’s womb is not a parasite that must be flushed out.
Mothers and pre-born babies need to be cared for – some more than others – that is health care.
But tearing helpless babies limb by limb, giving them lethal injections and poisoning them with drugs is not health care. Real doctors recognise that fact. They care for both patients – mother and baby. They do not make exceptions. They remain faithful to truth and their duty to care. The Green’s must know that they walk on thin ground when they ask a doctor to lead one of their innocent patients to sure death.
But they will not admit this because in their thinking the right to access abortion overrides the harm that abortion does to women, men and families. And most of all, the right to abortion trumps the right of the pre-born child to life.