A true gentleman
I am sorry to hear of Percy (Erceg’s) passing.
I first met him in 1986, when I moved to Kaitaia to set up my tax agency. I find it hard to remember any other person who made such an impression on me at first acquaintance.
I did not know Percy well but I concur with everything that has been said of him. RIP a gentleman of the first water. RICHARD GRAVENOR
By email abortion in New Zealand sits within two pieces of legislation. Decriminalisation would take abortion out of this legislation and see it managed within the health system.
This would mean that decisions about ending a pregnancy would be made by a woman and her health provider. These are the people with all the information about the health and wellbeing of the woman and the state of the pregnancy.
Decriminalisation does not mean that pregnant women across New Zealand will conspire with their health providers to end pregnancies up until moments before birth — that is an outrageous and egregious comment, disrespectful to women and the health providers who care for them.
Further, there is no research that shows that providing abortion services as a health service rather than as dictated by statute will lead to a rise in the number of abortions — at any stage of the pregnancy.
Indeed, in countries with good health systems women are able to access abortion services much earlier in a pregnancy.
Family Planning has been very open about our support for Model A. We support an abortion framework where decisions are made by women and by their health providers. Most of the health organisations who submitted to the Law Commission also support Model A.
At the end of the day, Family Planning thinks this debate should be centred on trusting women — we trust them in every other aspect of their lives to make their own decisions; we must trust them in this too. That’s our message for everyone in this debate — we trust women, and you should too. #TrustUsNZ
Chief Executive Family Planning NZ