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Abortion not a crime if Labour delivers on law change

first_imgRadio NZ News 26 October 2018Family First Comment:  “Family First expressed disappointment in the review and said most of the submissions made to the Law Commission were not in favour of abortion. The Law Commission did admit this in the report, but added a significant number of the submissions not in favour of abortion were made using a Family First “I’m with both” pamphlet.”In other words….“We didn’t like what they said” – Law CommissionSigh.#chooselifeAbortion will be decriminalised if any of three models proposed by the Law Commission are adopted.Justice Minister Andrew Little asked the Law Commission to provide advice on how to take abortion out of the Crimes Act and make it a health matter.The alternative approaches include no statutory test for an abortion to take place, a statutory test performed by one health practitioner, and a statutory test performed only after 22 weeks of pregnancy.New Zealand’s abortion law is more than 40 years old and starts with the proposition abortion is a crime.Decriminalising abortion would mean removing the requirement for two doctors to sign off an abortion, scrapping the referral process, and removing restrictions around where abortions take place.The Law Commission received more than 3000 public submissions and Mr Little will consult with colleagues before making any decisions.“I acknowledge that the subject of abortion is a personal one for each MP,” Mr Little said.“I will be taking time to talk to my colleagues across all parties about the Law Commission’s briefing before progressing further.”In December, Family First commissioned a poll of 1013 New Zealanders that found 52 percent of people generally support abortion, while 29 percent are opposed.Fifty-three percent of those who generally support abortion thought the time limit for getting one should be less than the current 20 weeks stated in the Crimes Act.In a poll commissioned by the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand last year, the majority supported abortion being legalised.In the lead-up to the election last year Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pledged she would shift abortion out of the Crimes Act, where it has been since 1977.Ardern said at the time “there will be a majority of parliament that think ‘actually in 2017 women shouldn’t face being criminals for accessing their own rights’”.https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/369524/abortion-not-a-crime-if-labour-delivers-on-law-change Abortion Law review findings releasedNewsHub 29 October 2018 The Law Commission has released the findings of its review into abortion law, recommending three possible new models for accessing abortion.Minister of Justice Andrew Little wrote to the commission asking for a review in February 2018. He wanted it to consider removing abortion from the crimes act and instead treating it as a health issue.He said on Friday he would be discussing with his colleagues at Parliament before taking the matter further.Green Party MP Jan Logie welcomed the review and said New Zealand needed to make changes to the current abortion law.“We want to see abortion laws that reflect the needs of people seeking to terminate a pregnancy, and recognise the importance of women’s bodily autonomy,” she said in a statement.Currently a person must say they are physically or mentally incapable of continuing the pregnancy and gain permission from two certifying consultants before they are able to get an abortion.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/10/abortion-law-review-findings-released.htmlAbortion law reform options an improvement – advocateRadio NZ News 27 October 2018The Justice Minister says it’s too soon to say whether MPs will vote to change abortion laws.The Law Commission has recommended decriminalising abortion and making it simpler for a woman to get a procedure.The minister, Andrew Little, asked the Law Commission in February for options on changing the 40-year-old law, and it reported back yesterday. Mr Little will now consult with his government partners and take a paper to Cabinet.Any changes to abortion laws would be a conscience matter for MPs.“A poll carried out by Family First of all organisations showed actually that the majority of New Zealanders support the idea of access to abortion – so people do want it.“The submission process for an exercise like the one that the Royal Commission carried out is going to attract with a particular interest in it.”READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/369587/abortion-law-reform-options-an-improvement-advocatelast_img read more

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Football News David Villa, Spain’s Top Goal-Scorer, To Retire From Football Next Month

first_imgTokyo: Star striker David Villa, Spain’s top goalscorer, Wednesday announced he will retire next month, ending a glittering career in which he won the World Cup, European Championships and Champions League. The 37-year-old Vissel Kobe striker said he will call it a day at the end of the 2019 J-League season after a 19-year career that took in Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia while accumulating 98 caps for his country. “I have decided to end my professional career and that I have decided to retire,” Villa told reporters in Kobe, his voice occasionally breaking with emotion. “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. This is the result of discussions I had with my family and people around me… I wanted to retire from football, not be forced to retire from football,” he said.Villa will become an investor in Queensboro FC, a new franchise based in the New York district of Queens that will play in the second tier of US football. “Even though I will no longer be on the pitch, I will continue to be involved in football in other ways and will continue to contribute to the football world,” he said. Villa played in three World Cups and was a member of the Spanish side that lifted the trophy in 2010 and won the European Championships in 2008, though he missed out on the 2012 triumph through injury.He scored 59 times for Spain, a national record. His club honours include the 2010-11 Champions League, the 2011 UEFA Super Club, 2011 Club World Cup and two La Liga wins in 2010-11 and 2012-13 with Barcelona. Villa scored the third goal for Barcelona at Wembley in the 3-1 win over Manchester United in the 2010-11 Champions League Final.He won a third La Liga with Atletico Madrid in his one season there in 2013-14 after leaving Barcelona. After leaving Atletico, Villa embarked on a successful spell in Major League Soccer for New York City, where he scored 80 goals in 124 appearances. Villa was New York City’s first-ever signing and his haul included the first goal scored at Yankee Stadium in an opening home victory over the New England Revolution. At Vissel Kobe, he played alongside fellow Spanish legend Andres Iniesta and German striker Lukas Podolski but the presence of the ageing foreign stars has done little to bring success to the ambitious Japanese club.Also Read | Lionel Messi Hits ‘Dead-Ball’ Hat-Trick, Barcelona Beat Celta Vigo 4-1Vissel Kobe are currently languishing 10th in the J-League after 31 games — the same position they finished last year. Villa has scored 12 goals in 26 appearances for Vissel. He is expected to play three more J-League matches as well as semi-finals and finals of the Emperor’s Cup. His retirement ceremony will be on December 7, the day of his last J-League game. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Hull City complete Ryan Taylor and Sam Clucas double swoop

first_imgHull City have confirmed the signings of veteran defender Ryan Taylor and midfielder Sam Clucas.Thirty-year-old Taylor, has signed a one-year contract with the Championship club following his release from Newcastle at the end of last season.Midfielder Clucas, 24, has signed a three-year deal after joining for an undisclosed fee from League One Chesterfield.Taylor has been signed by Steve Bruce to shore up a Tigers defence that conceded 51 goals on their way to relegation from the Premier League last season.“Delighted to have signed for @HullCity,” the former England Under-21 international wrote on Twitter“I’m now looking forward to getting started. Thanks for the kind messages and here’s to a great season.” 1 New Hull defender Ryan Taylor last_img

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