- The Situation Today
- How legal abortion came to New Zealand
- Overseas influences
- Media Influences
- Opponents of abortion get organized
- The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child
- Early expansion
- Capital politics
- First clinic licenced
- The tide turns
- Pro-abortion initiatives
- A crucial court decision
- The Status of the Unborn Child Bill
- Seeking urgency
- Counter move
- The Vote
- SPUC moves on
It was felt that changes in the 'Guardianship Act' and the 'Judicature Amendment Act' could meet the question of "standing" [an individual who is deemed to have a `sufficient interest' in the matter] and judicial review of consultant's decisions, but there was no certainty that these measures would limit the escalating number of abortions.
Des Dalgety concluded that the services of a retired parliamentary law draftsman should be sought. Ironically the man chosen, Nigel Jamieson, a lecturer in jurisprudence at Otago University, sympathised with the abortion movement although he personally found the debate boring and academic. He subsequently re-assessed the issue and advised SPUC that an entirely new approach was required.
By July the first draft of the Status of Unborn Children Bill was ready, the starting point being that it had been established beyond all reasonable doubt by modern science, that human life existed from the very start of pregnancy.
This was seen to lead logically to being able to establish the legal status of the 'unborn child.'