Permitting a girl as young as 11 to have an abortion without her parents’ knowledge is a form of child abuse, Maxim Institute told a select committee hearing today.
The provision is contained in Section 37 of the Care of Children Bill.
Maxim researcher John McNeil told the hearing into the Bill that there is growing evidence worldwide that abortion has significant health risks, at least as great as those which are now being recognised in the case of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
A Christchurch Christian journalist has admitted making intimate videos of a student at home and a 5-year-old girl at a church expo.
John Raymond McNeil, 67, was granted home detention at his Christchurch District Court sentencing, but his internet access will be blocked as part of the sentence.
He was found with 1000 child-pornography images on his computer, which he had viewed on the internet, and three videos he had made.
He had admitted three charges of making intimate visual recordings and 40 charges of possessing objectionable publications - images and stories.
Update: yes, sceptics, John McNeil of Maxim and John McNeil of Challenge Weekly are one and the same; Dave at Big News told us that he had moved from the one to the other, back in 2006.