Family First want major concerns over young pregnant girls reviewed

By Heeni Brown

According to the Care of Children Act 2004, a girl of any age can give consent to an abortion.

Now, Family First NZ is calling on politicians to look at major concerns to ensure young pregnant girls in a crisis situation receive the right family support and care.

National Director of Family First NZ Bob McCroskie says parents are totally excluded from any knowledge or granting of permission for their child to be put on the pill or have a surgical abortion.

Bob McCroskie says “This all effectively means that while a parent has to sign a letter for their daughter to go on a school trip to the zoo or to play in the netball team, they are totally excluded from any knowledge or granting of permission for that same child to be put on the pill or have a surgical abortion. It begs the question - what is so unique about abortion procedures which allows for the prohibition of parental consent?”