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New Zealand loosens protections for unborn babies

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/18/20, 11:40 am

Since 1977, New Zealand law had required women seeking abortions to prove their pregnancies posed a danger to their physical and mental health. But lawmakers on Wednesday reclassified abortion as a health issue and not a criminal act, leaving unborn babies unprotected until 20 weeks of gestation.

What happens after that? Women who have exceeded the time frame can still get an abortion with approval from a health practitioner. The Christian advocacy group Family First called it a “sad day” as it thanked thousands of volunteers who wrote letters and campaigned against the bill.

Dig deeper: Read Leah Hickman’s report in Vitals on women who have regretted their abortions.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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