NZ Catholic Bishops Conference comment on proposed abortion law changes.

NZ Catholic Bishops Conference comment on proposed abortion law changes.

Today, the ministerial briefing paper providing advice to the Minister of Justice on proposed changes to the abortion laws in New Zealand was released. It provides advice, outlining three alternative options, that could be taken if Parliament were of a mind to propose a policy shift to treat abortion as a health issue.

Bishop Pat, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference commented, “the paper is substantial and so we need time to read it and give it careful consideration. However, we must not lose sight of two key facts in this discussion. As we argued in our recent submission to the Law Commission, abortion is both a health and justice issue and our laws should continue to treat abortion as such. There are always at least two human lives involved – the unborn human person and the mother. The current abortion regime recognises this.

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