No written constitution

No written constitution

We have no need for a written constitution, and it will do nothing but limit our grandchildren's options. Constitutions are notoriously difficult to change (see American right to bear arms) even when they are demonstrably harmful to a modern society , and many of the things we take for granted (equality of gender, sexual preference, race, abortion choice etc. under the law) would have been excluded from/banned by a constitution written only 2 generations ago. All things change; morals, ethics, religions, yet constitutions have an inertia all of their own. Do not force our grandchildren to obey a set of outdated, irrelevant and in no doubt harmful rules when their time comes round.

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    • Anthony James Auckram
      commented 2017-03-01 23:59:25 +1300
      You say “…we take abortion choice for granted” Don’t speak for me or the many thousands of NZers who don’t accept NZ’s current abortion policy and will fight vigorously against any extension of it. What does your party stand for? Is it abortion as it is at the moment under NZ law? Or has your party considered changed the law so one can have an abortion up to full term pregnancy? I mean the current law is pretty arbitrary is it not? Do you want to decriminalize it so no certifying consultants would be needed to rubber stamp abortion on demand. That’s been a debate in nz. Maybe you would like to expand abortion services to after the birth of a child, as was raised as a debate in the UK last year by a couple of academics. I mean a new baby is little and totally dependent on a parent for its survival. Whats the difference to a baby full term but still in the womb and one minute after delivery? What about allowing children to have a school counselor arrange an abortion without her parents being informed as is the current situation, or should parents be involved with minors as Chester Burrows wanted. A bit of a minefield. You better start thinking these things through. Unless of course you don’t want to, that’s your choice.
    • Anthony James Auckram
      tagged this with important 2017-03-01 23:59:24 +1300
    • Mark Berghan
      published this page in How would you make our democracy better 2017-02-18 16:43:08 +1300