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10 / 04 / 2009 - New Zealand Pro-Life Group Says Survey on Abortion `Flawed`
Family First New Zealand says that a Massey University Department of Communication, Journalism & Marketing mail survey of 1000 New Zealanders on the topic of abortion is flawed and designed to achieve a pre-conceived ideology.
Participants were asked whether they thought it was right or wrong for a woman to have an abortion if the woman’s health was seriously endangered by the pregnancy, the woman became pregnant as a result of rape, if there was a strong chance of a serious defect in the baby, or if the family had a very low income and couldn't afford any more children.
“But the research has failed to assess views on the most common reason for abortions – that is the simple choice of a woman to abort the child under the guise of ‘mental health’ grounds. This is the basis of 99% of the 18,000 plus abortions performed in NZ,” Bob McCoskrie, the director of the pro-life group, told LifeNews.com. “Interestingly enough, the closest category to ‘choice’ is the low income scenario, and only a 1/3’rd of the participants fully supported that decision, which would suggest that NZ’ers are not as liberal as the researchers are making out. "
"Massey University researchers have attempted to paint a picture of the acceptance of abortion, but flawed questioning and a probing into the figures suggests a completely different message.”