Monday, May 23, 2011

A timely reminder

Over the weekend, the Sunday Star-Times gave us a timely reminder that National is full of anti-abortion fruitcakes who want to restrict abortion rights and control women's bodies:

POLICE MINISTER Judith Collins has pledged to support a call for laws to prevent girls under 16 having abortions without their parents being told.

Collins said she would support a private member's bill requiring parents to be involved before a termination could take place.


Collins said she was aware there was interest among some National backbenchers in putting forward an amendment again, but any private bill would have to be drawn from the ballot on members' day before it could be introduced.

This isn't surprising - as the article notes, Collins supported a similar amendment back in 2004 - which "liberal" John Key voted for. But it is useful to have it highlighted in election year, so people can make an informed decision before casting their vote.

As for the merits of Collins' proposal, we don't let parents whore their children out; why on earth would we let them force their kids to have kids?