Abortion an essential service as New Zealand locks down

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As New Zealand goes into lockdown for four weeks in order to halt the spread of Covid-19, only essential services are permitted to remain open.

An essential business is defined as those “businesses that are essential to the provision of the necessities of life.”

According to the Abortion Services website, “abortion care will remain open as an essential service during the increased threat levels of COVID-19.”

The Women’s Clinic, located in Palmerston North, Masterton and Invercargill, is “offering telehealth and courier of abortion medication” to women where possible.  Surgical abortion up to 15 weeks is also being provided at their facilities.

The innovation is a pet project for notorious abortionist, Dr Simon Snook.

Sending abortion medication to women through a courier service contravenes the Standards of Care for Women Requesting Abortion, a document produced by the abortion industry. 

Standard 9.8.1 of the document states “In accordance with New Zealand law both mifepristone and misoprostol must be given within a licensed institution but the woman may go home to complete her abortion.”

However, last Wednesday, Parliament hastily passed legislation that requires abortion to be regulated as a standard health service.  In doing so, the requirement to take the abortion pills at a facility may have been removed.   This protocol was developed to protect women and if removed, shows a lack of care for their safety in the abortion process.  

The new legislation does away with the Abortion Legislation Committee, facility licenses, and gestational limits. 

Family Life International has yet to confirm that the regulations around home abortions have changed because of the new legislation.

Auckland Medical Aid Centre (AMAC), a private abortion centre, notes on their website that the “having safe procedures to protect our staff and patients during COVID-19 is our priority.”

Family Planning have ceased their face-to-face clinics, due to infection control requirements.  However, their Tauranga abortion clinic which provides the drugs for an early medical abortion is still operational. The organisation is offering phone consultations and will provide prescriptions for emergency contraception and the contraceptive pill – both of which can act as abortifacients. 

Most abortions in New Zealand are performed in public hospitals.  While elective services have been cancelled in order to free beds and staff for Covid-19 patients, as an essential service, abortions will continue.  However, the level of abortion access in public hospitals during the Covid-19 lockdown is yet to be confirmed.

It is hypocritical of the government to be working so hard to protect human lives from the Coronavirus, while still allowing the barbaric destruction of human lives in the womb.

Pregnant? Need help? Our Gianna’s Choice pregnancy advocates are available to talk. Phone 0800 367 5433 or message 027 448 80 70.

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