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Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Various Aspects of the Problem of Abortion in New Zealand   By:

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The Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Various Aspects of the Problem of Abortion in New Zealand is a comprehensive and thought-provoking exploration of one of the most sensitive and debated issues in society. As the name suggests, this report is the result of an extensive investigation carried out by the New Zealand Committee, aiming to shed light on the multiple dimensions of the abortion problem and provide recommendations for the country's policymakers.

What makes this report truly outstanding is its unbiased and detail-oriented approach. The Committee of Inquiry leaves no stone unturned in its pursuit of understanding the complex factors surrounding abortion. It begins by delving into the historical, legal, and ethical aspects of the issue, providing a solid foundation for readers to grasp the context in which the problem has evolved over time.

Throughout the report, a diverse range of perspectives are presented, ensuring a balanced representation of opinions from various stakeholders. From medical professionals to legal experts, religious leaders to women who have undergone abortions, the Committee takes into account the voices and experiences of those directly affected by the issue. This inclusive approach enhances the credibility and relevance of the report, allowing readers to appreciate the intricate web of considerations at play.

The Committee's research methodology is commendable, employing rigorous data analysis, expert testimonies, and cross-comparisons with international abortion policies. This evidence-based approach strengthens the credibility of the report's conclusions and recommendations, as they are not founded solely on hypothetical scenarios or personal views.

One of the most striking aspects of this report is the Committee's commitment to the well-being and rights of women. Throughout their analysis, they consistently emphasize the importance of access to safe and legal abortion services, stressing the potential risks and harms associated with restrictive practices. However, the report also recognizes the need for appropriate safeguards, highlighting the ethical considerations surrounding late-term abortions and the potential impact on fetal health.

In terms of structure and readability, the report is well-organized and avoids excessive technical jargon. Complex concepts are explained clearly, making it accessible to a wider readership. Every section is supported by relevant data, case studies, and real-life examples, reinforcing the report's credibility and impact.

Although the report provides a comprehensive overview of the abortion problem in New Zealand, it does face certain limitations. The focus on the national context restricts the scope of comparison with other countries, potentially limiting the range of possible solutions and innovations. Furthermore, the report acknowledges that public opinion on abortion is vast and diverse, making it challenging to cater to the complex needs and wishes of every individual or group.

In conclusion, the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Various Aspects of the Problem of Abortion in New Zealand is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of this contentious issue. Its comprehensive analysis, evidence-based approach, and representation of diverse opinions make it an authoritative source that should inform future policy and legal frameworks. Ultimately, this report underscores the importance of engaging in open, respectful dialogue to find solutions that prioritize the well-being and rights of all individuals involved.

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Laid on the Table of the House of Representatives by Leave.



Historical and Introduction 2

Part I. Incidence of Abortion in New Zealand 3

Part II. Underlying Causes 8

Part III. Possible Remedial Measures 12

Part IV. Medico legal Aspects 19

Summary and Conclusions 26

Thanks 28


In accordance with the decision of Cabinet, a special Committee was appointed on 4th August, 1936,

(1) To inquire into and report upon the incidence of septic abortion in New Zealand, including

( a ) The incidence among married and single women;

( b ) Whether the rate of incidence has increased during recent years;

( c ) How New Zealand compares with other countries in this respect;

(2) To inquire into and report upon the underlying causes for the occurrence of septic abortion in New Zealand, including medical, economic, social, and any other factors;

(3) To advise as to the best means of combating and preventing the occurrence of septic abortion in New Zealand;

(4) Generally to make any other observations or recommendations that appear appropriate to the Committee on the subject... Continue reading book >>

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