- 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
Dr Pat Dunn and Sir William addressed 400 people on a cold, wet night in the Auckland Town Hall. Half way through his presentation on the humanity of the unborn child, Sir William called for silence while he played a tape of the amplified heartbeat of a 10-week old foetus. The rapid, swishing, thumping sound echoing around the vast Town Hall, had a galvanizing effect on the audience.
The Society had three aims:
- To uphold the inherent value of human life
- To uphold and protect the rights of unborn children from conception
- To maintain and improve legal, social and medical safeguards for protecting and preserving the rights of unborn children
Over the next weeks, Dr Pat accompanied by his wife June, embarked on a whistlestop lecture tour of towns and cities throughout New Zealand. Volunteers were recruited after these meetings to set up local branches.
Sir William's personal prestige ensured a packed Wellington Town Hall, followed by another public meeting for those who couldn't get into the first. He and Dr Dunn provided leadership and a fledgling organization to thousands of people deeply concerned about the issue, but unsure how to act.