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Women Have Right To Accurate Abortion Information, Says Voice For Life

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Women Have Right To Accurate Abortion Information, Says Voice For Life

17,550 abortions in 2009, mean 390 less abortions than in 2008.

The statistics are way too high, proving that abortion is easily available on demand.

However, Districts Health Boards around New Zealand now have the opportunity to make a dramatic difference in the latter part of 2010.

In June, 2009, the former Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Patterson ruled that under the Code of Consumers' Rights, a woman going for an abortion had the right to be offered the opportunity to view the ultrasound of her baby before the procedure.

During pre-abortion counseling the baby is referred to as "the product of conception".

Medical staff view an ultrasound scan of the baby to accurately determine the gestational age. But the screen is turned away from the woman, so that she doesn't see her baby.

The Code clearly states that a woman seeking an abortion has the right to be given accurate information, so as to make an informed choice, or give informed consent.

District Health Boards are now required to offer the opportunity to view the ultrasound scan.

Voice for Life expects that if the woman does then choose to continue her pregnancy, DHBs will make provision to effectively guide her to helping agencies.

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