Letter: Where does he stand on abortion?

Last updated 12:00 11/05/2012

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OPINION: I'd appreciate hearing leader Colin Craig spell out the position of his Conservative Party on abortion in his own words instead of being told by the media that the party is part of the religious Right. I'm well aware that most journalists, especially those of a liberal disposition, swoon onto their chaises longues and plaintively call for a tisane at the mention of the word. Anti-abortion columnists hold pole position without challenge.

This silence betokens a moral cowardice that endorses the moral cowardice of liberal politicians who hide behind the conscience vote to save their own skins, careers and aspirations while imposing a state "conscience" via the shambolic, costly and unworkable abortion law on the aspirations of women.

The cost of the law runs into millions for consultants, administration, court cases, travel assistance and abortion procedures. Decriminalising abortion and making pill-induced abortions readily available earlier and at less cost, while still following best practice, is safer for women and less costly than surgical abortions.

If National cosies up to the Conservatives, will we get not only financially unaccountable charter schools but also the outlawing of abortion as part of a backroom deal?

DI CLEARY

Hataitai

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