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School officials arrange for secret abortions

School officials arrange for secret abortions

How can it be that dangerous medial procedures can be done to your child and you don't even know?

As hard as it is to imagine, a mother of a sixteen year old girl has found out that her daughter’s school counsellor arranged for her to have an abortion without the parent’s knowledge.

The mother, a Christ Church New Zealand resident, only found out about the abortion four days after the fact.

After suspecting that something was wrong with her daughter, she confronted her friends who admitted that the school’s counsellor had arranged for the abortion.


Excerpts From the story:

This is the kind of thing that happens when you have a “privacy law” that over-rules the rights of parents…including their right to be informed about (much less have authority over) their children.

Christchurch lawyer Kathryn Dalziel, who wrote Privacy In Schools: A guide to the Privacy Act for principals, teachers and boards of trustees, said students who saw counsellors were promised confidentiality, and the service was bound by the Health Privacy Code.

“When it comes to contraception and abortion, they [counsellors] would need the consent of the person before they could share information with a parent or the school,” she said. …


Girls had to see a doctor for tests, scans and see two certifying consultants before they could have an abortion. The consultants explained the health risks and the girl had to sign a form saying she understood and consented. …

Statistics New Zealand figures show that 3950 11- to 19-year-olds had induced abortions in 2009. Of those, 79 were aged between 11 and 14. Under section 38 of the Care of Children Act 2004, a female of any age can consent to an abortion. In 2004, then opposition MP Judith Collins put forward an amendment to prevent girls under 16 from having an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. The amendment was voted down. Parents are legally responsible for their offspring until the children turn 18 or marry, enter into a civil union, or a de facto relationship with their parents’ permission.


It would seem to be difficult to be “legally responsible” for children that have a legal “privacy” right to consent to medical procedures like abortion without the knowledge (or approval) of the legally responsible parents.

Just another step towards the liberal dream of the “liberation” of children from “parental despotism”…setting family members more at odds with themselves.

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posted May 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I won’t even go into commenting about the life beginning at conception discussion. I am pro-life and that discussion has been held several times over.

From a parent’s point of view, I think that it’s completely ridiculous that you have to sign permission slips for a child to be dispensed prescription medicine at school and fill out a thousand and one forms at the beginning of the school year, yet to perform a SURGERY A CHILD can make that decision with the school’s help and NO PARENTAL CONSENT OR KNOWLEDGE.

In every other area, if the kid does something wrong, the PARENTS are held responsible. Children are not allowed to enter into contracts, the military, drink a beer, etc., because apparently the LAW recognizes the fact that they do NOT have the maturity to make such decisions. Yet a KID can decide to KILL ANOTHER CHILD.

This leads me to a two-fold question:

a. Since when did the school system become the PARENT?

b. Why is it wrong for Johnny to go to school and kill his classmates, but Jane can go to an abortion clinic and kill another child?

Something is wrong with this picture. Seems to me that we should concentrate more on raising our children and opening up a dialogue with them instead of buying stuff, working 60 hours a week, and trying to keep up with the Joneses.

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