Voice for Life is relieved that the abortion rate for 2014 (13.137) is down to the lowest level since 1994.
A similar trend downwards is happening in the United States. Nobody is quite sure why, but a key factor is thought to be the difference ultrasound technology has made.
Pregnant women show their ultrasound photos to family members, friends and work colleagues – and the flow on effect is greater awareness of the reality of the baby in the womb.
He or she is no longer just a “blob” or “a bunch of cells”.
Voice for Life says those 13,137 babies didn’t have to die. There are thousands of infertile couples around New Zealand who yearn for more babies to be available for Open Adoption.
With imagination and goodwill, the Maori concept of Whangai could be adapted to bring those couples and birth mothers together.
There is a better, more humane solution than abortion in such numbers.
We estimate (using the published Government statistics) that since the first clinic opened in 1974, the milestone of 500,000 abortions will be reached later this year.
500,000 abortions in a current population of 4.5 million partly explain why we have an ageing population and rely on increased immigration to make up for the lost youth.