Posts Tagged ‘Family First’

Overwhelming Rejection Of Abortion Bill Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

More than 90% of the submissions on the Abortion Legislation Bill have rejected the proposed decriminalisation of abortion. Just under 8% support the Government bill. The in-depth analysis of a random sample of 1,000 submissions by an independent researcher found that 90.6% of submissions were opposed. This means that over 18,000 submissions in total rejected Read more

End of Life Choice referendum: no simple yes-no answer possible Comments 0

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
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On Wednesday night, New Zealand’s Parliament voted by a 63 to 57 majority in favour of amending David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill to make its acceptance conditional on a binding referendum. With the acceptance of the amendment requiring a referendum, the Bill is likely to pass the third reading in November. However, it Read more

Abortion after 20 weeks gestation likely to be more frequent Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019
abortion law

In a submission to a Select Committee, Family First national director Bob McCoskrie stated proposed changes to abortion legislation would make late-term abortions more accessible and therefore more would occur. “Currently it’s only available for exceptional circumstances, danger to the life and health of the mother, or the child,” said McCoskrie “But in this bill Read more

Family First goes to court over second deregistration decision Comments 0

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
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Family First has made another bid to retain its charitable status. The hearing at the High Court in Wellington this week is the second appeal after the Charities Board ruled in 2013 and again in 2017 that Family First be removed from the charities register. When Family First appealed the 2013 decision, the High Court ordered the Read more

Chief censor says New Zealand needs to do more to tackle pornography problems Comments 0

Monday, April 16th, 2018

The chief censor says New Zealand needs to take a societal approach to tackling the pervasive effects of porn, including further regulation. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie is calling for an expert panel to better understand the breadth and nature of the health and social issues created by pornography, and how to tackle it.  Continue reading Related Read more

Pornography more extreme, deviant and violent – Ministry of Health Comments 0

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
pornography

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health wants more research into pornography because it has become “more extreme, deviant and violent over the last two decades.” The ministry was responding to a request from the Government and Administration Select Committee for a written submission on a petition it is considering which was presented in June 2017 by Family First’s Read more

Family First appeals to High Court over charitable status Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Family First is appealing against being stripped of its charitable status by the Charities Registration Board. The Board’s decision was made public in August. It was the second time it has tried to deregister the group. Board chairman Roger Holmes Miller said the Board considered that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage Read more

Charities Commission strips Family First of charitable status Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Controversial group Family First has been stripped of its charitable status “because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes”. But the group is not going down without a fight, saying it will argue the decision in the High Court. The decision by the Charities Registration Board was made public on Monday. It is the second time the Read more

Family First will fight any move to deregister it Comments 0

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
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Family First will immediately instruct its legal team to vigorously fight any attempts to deregister it said its spokesperson Bob McCoskrie. The group first heard of another move to  of deregister it through a report in the New Zealand Herald. When asked by Family First, the Charities Registration Board said it would neither confirm nor Read more

MPs deny parents’ the right to be informed of 15 year-old daughter’s abortion Comments 1

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Family First director Bob McCroskie says it is ludicrous that parents have to give permission for their daughters to go on school trips but not for their daughter to have an abortion. He was speaking after a majority report from Parliament’s justice and electoral committee rejected a petition seeking to change the law. Read Right Read more