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.
Bloodthirsty Mexican Cartel Leaves Ominous Message for Border Patrol Agents in Texas
Border Patrol agents found a message from the Los Zetas Cartel at the end of June.
At the time, the agents were patrolling the area in response “to a large drug load crossing into the U.S.”, according to a report from Breitbart News.
The city in question, Rio Grande City, Texas, is located in Starr County which is on the border with Mexico. Breitbart News noted that this area is “under the control of the Gulf Cartel, due to the small cartel-controlled community of Camargo directly across the Rio Grande.”
Breitbart Texas has covered a turf war going down between Cartel Del Noreste (CDN)/Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel over the last year. On June 9, 2020, a shooting kicked off between the two cartels near Comales, which is south of Rio Grande City and not too far away from it.
U.S. border agents were put on notice about cartel members attempting to escape into Texas at the time. Border agents discovered armored vehicles that demonstrated clear burn marks, likely the result of the use of explosives against them. Strangely, there were no bodies found near the scene.
The message that Los Zetas left behind on June 26 was intended to put border patrol on notice that this area was their new turf.
Mexico is clearly a failed state, with well-equipped cartels running around and making state security forces look foolish
U.S. needs to put emphasis on border security and restricting immigration if it wants to get a handle of this situation.
Too bad it’s focusing all of its time defending other countries’ borders.
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