What is the appropriate age to discuss abortion? Is there such an age? These were my questions during public pro-life events, and to be honest, I don’t know the answers. It is troubling though to think that discussing oral sex with 12-year-olds might be found appropriate while handing them plastic fetuses is seen as “disgusting”.
Jane Hannam, 12, was walking home from Heretaunga Intermediate with a friend last Thursday when they were approached by a female protester outside Hawke’s Bay Hospital and given a rubber foetus and information card about foetal development.
Her parents, Brian and Zarlene Hannam, said it was disgusting that protesters would target young school-aged children and made a complaint to Hastings police.
“We just found her playing with this toy foetus,” Mrs Hannam said. “It was sort of like a really soft spongy flesh-coloured foetus. I just think that’s disgusting.
“Everyone is allowed to protest and I don’t have any problem about that, but what they gave out was really inappropriate.”
Andrea adds: I think it’s fair to find handing out plastic fetuses weird. I do. Just being honest. The first time I was handed one, can’t be helped, that was my feeling: something along the lines of “ok, so this is weird.” But “disgusting?” “Really inappropriate?” Comments like that reflect on the pro-choice views of the parents. Nothing more, nothing less.by