Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Abortion is not a crime. It is a health issue.

My child needs a kidney transplant.
I have two kidneys.
The answer is obvious. I should undergo an operation to remove my kidney and fix my child.

At this point in time I need to confess I have no child.
But let’s carry on with this kidney metaphor.

If this kidney op meant that I would have to take a minimum of 6 months off work...
If this kidney op gave me pain and severe stress on my body for around 8 to 40 hours and caused me mental trauma...
If a side effect would mean that I may not have a child later on, on my own terms with a partner of my choice when I was financially able...

No matter what this kidney transplant would mean, the government would not call me a criminal for refusing.
Not even if my child died as a result of that refusal.
She would have died as a DIRECT result of my refusal.
And she is a fully grown 9 MONTH OLD CHILD.
DEAR GOD! Think of the CHILD!

And yet if I get pregnant tomorrow, the embryo inside me holds priority in the pro-lifers eyes.
The government has put the issue of my RIGHT to an abortion under the category of a crime, not health.
Legally, the grounds for abortions are in the Crimes Act 1961 and amendments:
“Serious danger to the life or to the physical or mental health of the mother.
Risk that the child would be severely handicapped, physically or mentally.
Pregnancy as a result of incest or unlawful sex with a guardian.
Severe mental sub normality of the mother. “
After 20 weeks gestation the grounds are more strict:
“To save the life of the mother.
To prevent serious permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the mother.”

So I have to see two doctors to get ticked off as being under mental strain or physical danger, and only then can I see an abortion provider for what I am requesting.

This is NOT ok.
No one has the right to take MY right to life away.
Not an embryo, not the church, not my political leaders, NO ONE.

If I need an abortion, it will be a health issue.
Not a crime.
Let’s make it so.

Please write to your local politician to ask them to support Chadwick’s bill.
Locate the MP for your electorate, and write. The address is:

Your MP's name
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160

No stamp needed for letters to parliament!

Write directly to Steve Chadwick, and tell her that you support her bill.
Steve Chadwick MP
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160


  1. tomorrow is April 7th - World health day.
    I will be super dooper busy working in actual health, so wont have time to post this, so it is up early.
    Hope no-one minds.

  2. Thank you. You're a badass. Just for the record.

  3. I thought I'd commented a couple of days ago, but clearly I didn't. Awesome post was all I was going to say!


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