3 Aug 2008

Court of Appeal to scrutinise abortion practices

3:25 pm on 3 August 2008

New Zealand's abortion practices are to be scrutinised by the Court of Appeal.

This follows decisions by the Abortion Supervisory Committee and the pro-life group Right To Life, to appeal against the findings of an earlier judicial review of the workings of the committee.

The lawfulness of many abortions carried out in this country was called into question by the review, the findings of which were released in June.

The Abortion Supervisory Committee says Justice Miller was wrong to raise such doubt in the review, and to suggest that the abortion approval rate "seems remarkably high."

Right To Life, which initiated the review, is also appealing.

It wants legal recognition for the status of "unborn child" and abortion counsellors to be independent from abortion providers.

A hearing date has yet to be set.