Can parents force their teenage daughters to get an abortion?
“The core legislation pertaining to is the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, and it enacted parallel specifications through amendment of the Guardianship Act 1968 (retained in the Care of Children Act 2004) and Section 187A of the Crimes Act 1961. These provisions enable women to undergo confidential medical consultation after they have seen two certifying consultant medical practitioners.” Current New Zealand law allows for abortions to be performed for the following reasons, providing the abortion is approved by two certifying consultants: [a.1]to save the life of the woman. [b.2]to preserve the physical health of the woman. [c]to preserve the mental health of the woman. [d]foetal impairment* [e] in cases of incest Other factors which may be considered, but are not in themselves grounds for abortion, [a.2]cases of rape [b.2]certain social factors (e.g., the girl’s age in a teenage pregnancy) (It should be noted that New Zealand has no parental notification restricti