About Family Life International

Pro-life, pro-family resources on issues regarding life, faith and family. Presented in the context of Catholic morality in order to assist in education and formation.


Induced abortion refers to the intentional taking of human life in the period between fertilisation (conception) and birth. Another name for abortion is “termination of pregnancy.”

Medical professionals can refer to miscarriage as a spontaneous abortion. The discussion on these pages, unless otherwise stated, only refers to induced abortion. It does not refer to naturally occurring miscarriages or stillbirths.

Currently the Abortion Legislation Committee is receiving submissions on the Labour government’s abortion bill. Find out how to make a submission here.

Assisted Suicide and euthanasia in New Zealand

Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

New Zealand is facing ever-increasing pressure to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide. Since 1995, there have been four bills sponsored by Members of Parliament. In addition, numerous court cases have tested the law in relation to assisted suicide. The most recent and high profile court case was that of Lecretia Seales.

Maryan Street, former Labour MP, presented a petition to Parliament in August 2015. This petition asked for an inquiry into ending one’s life in New Zealand. The Bill was withdrawn from the ballot in 2013 after fears it would be too controversial an issue to discuss in an election year.

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