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In a shocking display of human rights abuse in New Zealand, an amendment to the Abortion Legislation Bill which required the care of a child born after an attempted abortion was only supported by less than a third of MPs last night. 80 MPs voted against it (and another 3 did not vote at all). 37 MPs voted for it.The amendment of National MP Simon O’Connor clarified that a qualified health practitioner who performed an abortion that results in the birth of a child after an attempted abortion has a duty to provide the child with appropriate medical care and treatment, no different than the duty owed to provide medical care and treatment to any other child born.We should be protecting the lives of innocent babies. We should be making abundantly clear, especially in this abortion legislation, that this is an obligation on medical professionals. This amendment would simply reinforce this obligation. But this vote is actually just confirmation of how extreme and radical this bill is – and the agenda of its supporters. Last night’s voting was a shameful display of an utter disrespect for human rights. This is not about politics – this is about having a heart.Other key amendments voted on last night:* requirement for abortion procedures post-20 week to ensure that fetus does not feel pain (as per the Animal Welfare Act which requires vets to ensure that animals don’t feel pain) – DEFEATED * tightening of definition of ‘health practitioner’ to doctor, midwife or obstetric nurse (to avoid unsafe abortions) – DEFEATED* abortions post-20 weeks only for extreme circumstances – DEFEATED* keeping conscientious objection standards the same as they currently are (the bill currently weakens the protections) – DEFEATED * restricting employment discrimination on grounds of conscience – DEFEATED* cultural considerations to be considered consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi (woman’s wellbeing protected by recognising her whakapapa and the whanaungatanga responsibilities of her family, whanau, hapu, iwi, and family group) – DEFEATED* annual reporting of abortion statistics (bill only requires reporting for 18 months after passing!) – DEFEATED* In an amusing moment, “safe areas” were made illegal (in a close vote) – but then the pro-abortion MPs messed up their voting and the effect was that it’s now not possible to enforce “safe areas” Other important amendments still to be voted on:* holding a referendum* an explicit ban on sex selection and disability (or possible disability) abortions* parental notification* replacing definition of “woman” with “woman or other persons” (because men can get pregnant, apparently. Yeah – it’s a Green party one!)And YES! We will be publishing the voting record of each MP – once the Hansard records are published.
NINE years after serving as president of the Lusignan Golf Club, veteran golfer Hilbert Shields has once again been given the mandate to head the club.Shields and his team of experienced executives are hoping to “guide the club out of its administrative rough”, according to newly elected PRO William Walker.The new executive members were elected at the club’s Annual General Meeting last Saturday in the East Coast community.Brian Hackett, another former president, will serve as vice-president, while Brian Glasford was elected as captain, a position he previously held.Guy Griffith has agreed to stay on as secretary to assist in the transition, while the experienced Esau Shamshudin will serve as the assistant secretary/treasurer. Anand Persaud was elected as treasurer with Deanand Bissessar set to serve as ground superintendent.In his official address, Shields encouraged the players to get involved by joining committees which he plans to establish in the coming months.He also thanked outgoing president Oncar Ramroop for his service.
Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says he expects Wayne Rooney, who scored twice in the win over Scotland on Tuesday night, to smash through Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record and go on to break Peter Shilton’s appearance record.He also looks ahead to the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester United on Saturday and claims the Gunners must win at the Emirates after a stuttering start to the season.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast