Wednesday, March 08, 2006

GOD hates me

I had to stop the car on the side of the road this morning to take a minute to compose myself. An “Operation Rescue” organiser was interviewed this morning on National radio and he made me so ill I had to take a moment, in an attempt not to vomit.

Operation Rescue is an anti abortion lobby group in support of the governor of South Dakota who signed law which severely restricted abortion. You can visit their website here Also see some pictures of abortions here.
Abortion is only legal under this law if in attempts to save the mothers life, this results in accidental death of the foetus.

You can read about it here.

33 years after Roe vs Wade it feels like a step back in time that this legislation has been signed on. There is a group who are determined to take this decision to the Supreme Court and this is seen as a challenge to Row vs Wade. The ramifications of the outcome of the Supreme Court challenge are huge.
We must be careful in a country like New Zealand to ward off the influence of the right wing conservatives. This type of precedent – although it has been set in America – is dangerous. We cannot let out bodies and sexuality be discriminated against in this way.
I have commented before on this blog that New Zealand abortion laws are outdated and need to be reviewed but I am concerned about raising this issue when there are people in the world that could take abortion law backwards not forwards.
It’s a question of choice, rights, health, sexuality and It is often men who are the spokespeople of Anti Abortion groups claiming that it is about the right of the child – a child that is created when the sperm meets the egg.

We are lucky to live geographically far away from this madness but there are many New Zealanders who are conservative around the abortion issue. It is a difficult debate to have and it is not one that is usually had until one is pregnant and the prospect of abortion becomes real.
On International Women’s Day I think it’s a good time to reflect on what has happened in South Dakota and realise that Women’s Rights are Human Rights – and we still have a very long way to go.