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Anti-abortion march

Anti-abortion march, Wellington, New Zealand
Anti-abortion march, Wellington, New Zealand 1974, Photographer unknown, courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (Evening Post Collection, EP/1974/6130/33-F)

In the 1970s, the campaign for safe, legal abortion in New Zealand provoked strong feelings on both sides of the debate. Pro-life advocates, as seen in this march, argued that human life was sacred and needed to be protected from the moment of conception onwards.

The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) was the most active organisation against abortion law reform. Their representatives headed this march.

From left to right are: Sir William Liley, founding president of SPUC; Dr Diane Mason, then current SPUC President; Mrs Ruth Kirk; and the Most Rev R J Delargey.

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