“According to The Sunday Star-Times, statistics show that 3,950 New Zealand teens ages 11 through 19 had induced abortions in 2009. Of those, 79 were between 11 and 14 years old. Under section 38 of the Care of Children Act 2004, a female of any age can consent to an abortion. In 2004, lawmaker Judith Collins put forward an amendment to prevent girls under 16 from having an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. The amendment was voted down.”
A mother discovered that her 16-year-old daughter had an abortion with the help and arrangements made by a school counselor. New Zealand educators are bound by the Health Privacy Code and are not required to tell parents anything. Their primary concern is with the child. This sounds vaguely familiar. Even today, a person doesn’t have to share their medical knowledge with their spouse if they don’t want to. And we’ve heard horror stories of girls going into Planned Parenthood clinics and getting advice or abortions without the knowledge of their parents. Once again, the rights of the parents are being usurped. Where does it all end?