PREAMBLE:

The Conservative Party believes in protecting and promoting the family unit. The natural family unit consisting of a mother, a father and children, is a vital building block of our society. We are committed to stemming the governmental degradation of this unit. We will introduce family friendly policies and strategies aiming to strengthen, promote and rebuild this pillar of our society.

Conservative Party values life, from conception to natural death and is committed to protecting those who have no voice in terminating their lives i.e the unborn and infirm

 SHORT POLICY SUMMARY

Abortion Specifically

POLICIES

The Conservative Party is committed to:

*  Abortion:  Conservative Party is opposed to the decriminalisation of Abortion. (See below for full abortion policy)

*  Euthanasia:  Conservative Party is opposed to the decriminalisation of euthanasia. We are committed to increasing funding where necessary to provide for the best palliative care possible, and to help those caring for the terminally ill.

*  Parental notification:  Conservative Party believes that parents should be notified for all medical procedures on their children 16 years and under, including abortion, immunisations, etc.

* Sex Education:  Conservative Party believes that sex education is best taught by parents, and parents should be supported in this where required.  Any parent should have the right to withdraw their children from school based sex education.  Sex education should not be started in schools until after Yr 9.  Family Planning should be required to include abstinence and long term relationships as the option with the best outcomes for all in their syllabus or lose their funding. We believe that relationship education would be far more beneficial for all New Zealanders, as it relates to every area of our lives.

* Gender identity:  Conservative Party believes that gender identity issues are psychological and not physiological, and therefore should be dealt with as other psychological issues. Gender identity should not be taught in schools, apart from offering help for those struggling in that area. People should use bathrooms and changing rooms of their biological gender.

 *  Marriage:  Conservative Party believes that marriage should be between one biological man and one biological woman. Where a couple are struggling in their marriage, 5 state sponsored marriage counselling sessions would be available if referred by an approved person. Couples should undergo some form of pre-marriage or relationship training prior to marriage – this would be state funded and highly encouraged.

 *  MVCOT (Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki).  Conservative Party has called for the formation of an Independant MVCOT Complaints Authority, to investigate all MVCOT complaints and concerns.

* Early Childhood:  Where a parent chooses to stay home and care for their young child, rather than use childcare facilities, they should be eligible to a tax rebate equivalent to 20 hours per week child care subsidies.

 *  Pornography:  Pornography is an ever increasing mental health problem within New Zealand and harmful to society at large. The Conservative Party would ultimately like to see the supply of pornography cut off, but our first approach will be introducing legislation requiring internet service providers to remove access to adult websites by default. This would mean that all porn in New Zealand would be blocked, unless people apply for permission to view it, allowing their names to be recorded.

* Easter trading:  Conservative Party is opposed to trading on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We believe that families can benefit greatly from the few days there are each year when there is no requirement to work, and Easter trading simply takes one of these opportunities away.

 * Parental access: Where both parents want to have equal access to children, then access must be decided on in consultation with an independent mediator. There needs to be an end to gender discrimination in parental access matters.

* Prostitution:  Conservative Party believes that the purchasing of sex from a street prostitute should be a criminal offense. Registered brothels should be monitored closely for illegal workers, trafficking, and health standards.

*   Suicide:  Conservative Party values all life. Our country has the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world. That is simply not okay. Conservative Party is committed to exploring the causes of, and implementing measures needed in order to tackle our suicide epidemic within New Zealand.

* Youth study:  The Conservative Party believes that a study on youth behaviour should be undertaken with a view to whether or not ideas like curfews, improved sport funding, and increased family time initiatives would be effective.  

 *  Income splitting:  Conservative Party would introduce income splitting for families with couples in a legally recognised relationship (marriage/civil union) who have children. We recognise the economic hardships many families experience as they try to do best by their children. We propose that families who meet this criteria be eligible to split their income to take advantage of lower tax rates, resulting in a better financial position for a substantial proportion of New Zealand families who have chosen to limit the working hours of one parent for the wellbeing of the children.

 Abortion: Need to Amend CSA Act 1977.

The intention of this Act, to save the lives of women in danger because of pregnancy complications, has been lost, and we currently see abortion being used as a method of contraception causing serious physiological and psychological harm in many women, and unnecessary inhumane treatment and death of the unborn child.

 The Conservative Party is committed to:

*   Ensuring that abortion as practiced under The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 is actually practiced in accordance with that law “having full regard for the rights of the unborn child.” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 recognises the right to life as fundamental to all members of the human family. The UN Convention on the Rights of a Child 1989 states, “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and protection, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth,” and in Article 6 “every child has the inherent right to life.” The Rights of the unborn child need to be defined in law;

*  Ensuring that anyone seeking abortion is given sufficient factual information through compulsory independent counselling and a minimum of 48 hours reflection time to enable them to make an informed choice as to whether they continue to seek an abortion or not. Such advice would include information regarding Pill Reversal for chemical abortions, alternative paths such as adoption with prenatal and postnatal care and support;

* Ensuring that the matter of coercion and other factors that may render an abortion illegal be addressed, and that “persons of influence” in such cases could be liable under the Crimes Act;

* Ensuring that, except in exceptional circumstances, parental notification occurs in regards to abortion procedures for children aged 16 and under;

* Acknowledging the pain capability of the unborn child and therefore upholding Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of a Child which states: “No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” and protecting the unborn child from such treatment by banning abortion after 13 weeks gestation.