MPs need dose of reality
At a recent protest against the Abortion Legislation Bill, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Justice Minister Andrew Little strongly objected to the graphic images of aborted babies on display. According to Mr Little, “New Zealanders on average have low levels of tolerance for that sort of extremism.” I gather that he was referring to the pictures and not the act of abortion itself.
In the early 1970s I was a student nurse at a hospital in England. As part of our training we were expected to work in the operating theatres where terminations of pregnancies were becoming a regular part of the gynaecological surgical list. We were often asked to clean up and dispose of the remains of an abortion. This was not just a bit of blood and tissue that we had been told to expect but recognisable body parts and dismembered arms and legs, small but perfectly formed. It was an extreme graphic image that I have not forgotten.
Our Prime Minister and the 67 other Members of Parliament who voted in favour of the new legislation should take a look inside our abortion clinics and operating theatres and get a dose of reality. They might change their minds and seriously consider ways of reducing abortions. There are other possibilities for women with unplanned pregnancies.
New Zealanders are not compelled to follow the medical ethics of other countries.
We don't have to be like them.
We are not them — I hope.