New Zealand: Prime Minister Bill English won’t ‘liberalise’ abortion law

Prime Minister Bill English won't 'liberalise' abortion law

by Jo Mair
March 12, 2017

Prime Minister Bill English says New Zealand's abortion law, part of the Crimes Act 1961, has "stood the test of time".

Any review of abortion law is code for "liberalising it", says Prime Minister Bill English, and that's not going to happen on his watch.

The Abortion Advisory Committee is calling for an update of New Zealand's abortion laws, which are still part of the Crimes Act 1961.

But the committee's recommendations are unlikely to make any headway under a National government, as staunchly Catholic English says it's a "law that's stood the test of time".

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