Sounds like a pretty sensible idea right? The earlier an abortion happens the better; it'll expand access to abortions to women, especially in the provinces*; and Family Planning have an extensive network throughout New Zealand and a lot of expertise in the area of assisting people to make decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
Bob McCoskrie of Family First disagrees, claiming that Family Planning will talk women into having abortions so that they can perform them. He makes all sorts of wild statements about the risks of having an early medical abortion via the RU486 pill (now known as Mifegyne), which ALRANZ helpfully debunk.** Blogger MacDoctor is happy about the safety of early medical abortion in general, however he thinks abortion is too easily available already.
But back to Bob. McCoskrie explains Family First's suggestions on abortion, as if we cared:
Family First is calling for informed consent (including ultrasound) for women considering an abortion, and a 'cooling period' before making the decision.Women have informed consent now. And it's hard enough to get through the hoops required in time to get an early medical abortion (before 9 weeks gestation) as it is, without a compulsory 'cooling period' of unstated duration. Yet again those against abortion are assuming that deciding to terminate is something women do willy-nilly, without thought or consideration. Yet again Family First is telling women they are not able to make decisions about their own bodies.
* Early medical abortion is currently only available in four facilities in the whole country, one each in Auckland, Dunedin, Masterton and Wellington.
** Including very interesting statistics about the total number of abortions in New Zealand in recent years:
- 2003 - 18,511 (Total number of abortions)
- 2004 - 18,211
- 2005 - 17,531
- 2006 - 17,934
- 2007 - 18,382