New Zealand leaders proposed a radical new pro-abortion bill Monday that would allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.
The bill would treat the killing of unborn babies as a “health issue,” according to government leaders, Reuters reports.
Though abortions technically are still listed in the country’s criminal code, they currently are allowed with the permission of two doctors after a counseling session, according to the BBC.
The new proposal would expand abortions even further by allowing them for any reason up to 20 weeks of pregnancy and removing the counseling and the two-doctor requirements, 1 News Now reports. After 20 weeks, it would allow unborn babies to be aborted if one doctor believes the baby would negatively affect the woman’s physical or mental health. It also would remove abortion from the criminal code.
Essentially, the government is “liberalizing abortion right up to birth,” National MP Chris Penk told the news outlet.
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