Simon Bridges has been formulating a position on abortion. And has arrived at a position that is more conservative than the position held by Bill Clinton but which borrows his phraseology (h/t Eddie Clark).
He thinks that abortion should be rare, safe and legal and repeats this three times in this interview with Suzy Ferguson. He does not agree that abortion should be taken out of the Crimes Act. He refused to answer why women should have to lie to get the right to have an abortion.
His position closely mirrors that of Bill Clinton who famously said abortions needed to be safe, legal and rare . He has altered the order of the words to make his position even more restrictive placing the emphasis on “rare” and downgrading “safe”.
It is funny that he should be more conservative than a Georgian born southern baptist. And that he does not have a position which is formed by principle and experienced but rather formulated by the borrowing of a phrase designed overseas and no doubt influenced by focus group discussions.
The Irish referendum result suggests that Bridges may be on the wrong side of this issue.