On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, New Zealand decriminalized abortion.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Margaret Sparrow, a doctor who dedicated her life to championing for looser abortion laws.
Until the passage of this bill on Wednesday, the procedure was still subject to regulations under the Crimes Act, which requires women to demonstrate to a doctor that their pregnancy poses a danger to their physical or mental health before going through an abortion.
According to Justice Minister Andrew Little, this requirement compelled most women to lie about their mental health and caused unnecessary delays that could have brought further health risks.
The new law removes those restrictions, allowing women who are 20 weeks into a pregnancy to undergo an abortion. Women over 20 weeks into a pregnancy have to get approval from a health practitioner.
Lawmakers voted 68 to 51 in support of the bill.
Conservative lawmaker Simeon Brown was in opposition to the bill. He believes an unborn child had a heartbeat and felt pain, thus should be considered as a person that merits dignity, respect, and protection under the law.
Jackie Edmond, the chief executive of Family Planning, New Zealand’s largest abortion vendor, said she was delighted with the vote.
“It’s fantastic Parliament has addressed something that they should have addressed 40 years ago,” Edmond declared.
With the election of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in 2017, New Zealand has taken a radical turn to the Left on issues like guns and now abortion.
Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation
Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.
If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.
Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.
At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”
In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.”
Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”
When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.
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