- 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
Also at this conference, Mrs Ruth Kirk, wife of the Prime Minister (Norman Kirk), was elected third national patron. Mrs Kirk's patronage caused great public controversy, and while the right to have her personal views was respected, members of the Labour Party and various women's groups deplored the political implications of her accepting this position. By this time SPUC was claiming a total membership of about 40,000 members.
1974 saw the Aotea abortion clinic open, the Wall Bill was introduced to Parliament and Prime Minister Norman Kirk (a strong pro-life supporter) died.
The Wall Bill had only two clauses:
- the first would restrict abortions to public hospitals, where there could be a greater level of public scrutiny, and
- the second would ensure that doctors who were blatantly in favour of abortion could be kept out of the decision-making process.