Abortion rate for 2014 reaches lowest level since 1994

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.

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  • Ian 08 / 09 / 2015 Reply

    There is something of an error in your tinnkihg, Father, in that those caring for the elderly (physicians, surgeons, geriatricians)are very unlikely to have anything to do with abortion (gynaecologists).You are right, however, in the general worrying lack of any kind of moral tinnkihg that goes on and a lazy utilitarianism, especially amongst the young. I had to do some very basic ethics teaching at the hospital and the lack of any basic knowledge of any kind of general principle of medical ethics was woeful. Only three out of the twenty or so doctors there professed any kind of religious belief and it was quite clear that for many of them their was no moral underpinning of what they did. The training of nurses has degenerated in the past ten years in the wake of Project 2000. They are fine on paper but by and large unwilling to engage in the practical aspects of care which is left to auxiliaries (before anyone starts on an anti-doctor rant I did work as an auxiliary nurse on and off for three years. Been there, got the badge).Junior doctors, too, are being short changed in their training. I worked an 72 hour week in my first year, moving to 60 hours a week as an SHO and 50 hours a week as a registrar. I reckon I amassed 30,000+ hours of practical experience in those years – BEFORE I became a consultant. I worked it out with the juniors last week and they will do about 15,000 before they become consultants. Put bluntly, a consultant coming out of training in the next few years is half-trained. As a consequence they will not have the life-experience to guide them through difficult times, will be unlikely to have children themselves, be unlikely to have had a first degree relative who has died. They may thus be less likely to empathise and have compassion for patients and their relatives as they have not been in that position.Interestingly, although most doctors are opposed to euthanasia, when you look at the figures by specialty, those who are most likely to support it are precisely those furthest from frontline practice (lab doctors, pathologists, radiologists) and those who oppose it have most frontline experience of death (palliative physicians, oncologists, geriatricians).We are entering dark times. Medicine is still a good and noble profession and I would urge young Catholics to enter it, to consider it as a vocation. We need a leaven through the medical profession, or God help us all.Lights and bushels and all that.

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