This afternoon in New Zealand, the Government introduced the Abortion Legislation Bill into Parliament for its first reading. We watched the debate live on national TV.
Our position is that we feel there is little need for this legislation, but the issue is just one of a number of issues loosely termed “reproductive rights”. This bigger picture of reproductive rights for women requires to be debated within the Christian community here and elsewhere, in light of some very conservative theological positions that have been traditionally held within numerous churches.
The Bill is now lying with a select committee for public submissions and will be reported back to the House in due course, at which point there will be further debates and votes.