Lots of things are amazing.
The first crunchy leaf of Autumn.
Perfectly cooked chocolate mudcake.
John Key‘s lack of touch with the Kiwi reality.
Magnets, I mean how do they even work?
That abortion falls under the Crimes Act in New Zealand.
Yep, you read it right. In New Zealand abortion is still included in the Crimes Act, making it technically illegal UNLESS you fall under the exceptions currently provided for. Fortunately that covers just about everyone, usually the one about mental damage should the pregnancy be carried to term.
What I find astounding is the fact that it still falls under the Crimes Act. Abortion isn’t a criminal issue, it’s a health issue.
Women don’t go to their local Justice of the Peace to get some piece of paper stamped, they go to their doctors. And another one after that.
They don’t go to the police station to have the procedure, nor do the police get involved at any point in the process.
Oh and the aftercare… the physical and psychological assessments aren’t undertaken by any member of the law. It falls to the health system to look after the women from beginning to end.
So surely this makes it a health issue?
Interestingly the Pro-life movement are currently petitioning to have the laws tightened up, to make abortions even less accessible, which really grinds my goat. On one hand I do admire the fact that they’re sticking to their morals. On the other hand it fucks me off that they’re trying to push them onto me, onto my friends and onto the children that I eventually want to bring into this world.
Who are they to force their beliefs onto me?
Not to mention, I don’t believe in their God and I don’t belive that the soul is created in the foetus at the moment of conception. So “Pro-Life” is just a wee bit of a misnomer really, especially considering that the foetus can’t survive outside the human body until at least 24 weeks in.
On the other hand, I don’t belive that pro-choice is an option.
Because calling it an option insinuates that there’s another answer that is equally valid.
Currently the two choices are: No access whatsoever OR having abortion considered as one of many options for an unwanted pregnancy.
I know which I’d prefer.
(Oh and you show me the point where the law gets directly involved and I’ll show you some mighty confused public servants. Just sayin’)