In 2007 14 members of the current National cabinet voted to support an amendment by Gordon Copeland which would have put an anti-abortion doctor onto the Abortion Supervisory Committee in an attempt to restrict access to abortion. Since early this decade National has been building its relationships with conservative and evangelical churches, trading policies and promises for votes even bring a minister from a conservative evangelical church into caucus.
At the same time the anti-anti-smacking lobby is regrouping around an anti-abortion campaign â€“ a lobby National owes a significant debt of gratitude. (Try about half way down this, search for “Andy Moore” if it’s quicker than scrolling)
Restricting our right to abortion is on the agenda for National’s first term.
 14 of the 19 who were able to vote at the time.