On January 30, Prolife NZ reported on Tony Bouchier, a lawyer who stood up on behalf of the unborn child of a Isabelle Brown, a 35 year-old meth addict. Below is a summary of the situation from the Sunday Star Times,
Six months pregnant Isabelle Kare Brown, 35, who is on a methadone programme, was charged with possessing instruments for methamphetamine use, and appeared in court last week, after police found her living rough in a garden shed in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes… “I’m supposed to go and get her bail but I know where she’s going to go,” he said. “I know I’m sticking my neck out to a degree, but morally, I think I’m right. Morally, I think looking out for Isabelle is looking out for the baby. Isabelle is not concerned with the baby. Isabelle is concerned about Isabelle.”
The pro-abortion Hand Mirror blog has responded with a post entitled “Isabelle Brown is a Person“. Coincidently, The Hand Mirror blog has been a major supporter of pro-abortion Labor Party MP Steve Chadwick‘s Abortion on Demand bill (decriminalised abortion up to 24 weeks). Key excerpts from the article are below,
Tony Bouchier… decided [Isabelle] wasn’t a person, but an incubator. He was supposed to be defending her against a charge of “possessing instruments for methamphetamine use” – the police were not seeking to remand her in custody – they were happy for her to be out on bail. He decided this was wrong – not because of her desires – but because she was pregnant…
Bouchier decided no such thing. What he did decide was that the current environment Isabelle and her pre-born baby were living in, were absolutely unacceptable, and that drastic action had to happen. Neither Isabelle nor the pre-born child were in a position to help themselves, and so this lawyer-cum-philanthropist knew that he had to stick his neck out and take a stand. Maia, the woman who wrote this post makes the unfounded assumption that Bouchier’s sole motivation was the well-being of the foetus. According to police, Isabelle was “barefoot and filthy, her urine-soaked trousers allegedly had a rusty razorblade and a used hypodermic needle in the pockets,” and she was living in an abandoned shed with rotting food, beer bottles, a petrol can and needles littered the floor near where she was sleeping. Remanding this struggling woman in custody was the best thing that could be done for her and her pre-born child.
…Because she was pregnant, Tony Bouchier thought that rather than act as her lawyer, he’d act as the fetus’s social worker. He sought a treatment order, and in the meantime she remains in jail, while the court tries to figure out it if has the facilities to lock up a woman for being pregnant…
Isabelle was not locked up because she was pregnant. Isabelle was locked up because she was a danger to herself and her pre-born child. The Hand Mirror blog appears to show no concern at all for Isabelle’s tragic and destructive drug addiction – all they can do is scream in outrage that she was forcibly removed from her debilitating environment – and that any degree of concern was shown for her pre-born child.
…Over and over again those talking about her in the news describe her as abusing her ‘baby’. Their anger is not directed a world where a woman can have so few resources that she is sleeping in a shed. I’ve no idea what her story is, but I’m far angry that she has had to get by with so little, not that her fetus is exposed to the conditions that she lives in. Because she is a person, not just an incubator… Tony Bouchier is not a hero. Tony Bouchier is using his power over Isabelle Brown to incarcerate her, because he does not respect her as a person and the courts are letting him.
Remember that the Hand Mirror blog believes that pre-born children should be allowed to be murdered inside their mothers at least up to 24 weeks of age. As I mentioned above, they were vocal supporters of Chadwick’s abortion on demand bill. The Hand Mirror blog mentions not a word in consideration of the innocent and helpless pre-born child – currently being poisoned inside her mother, and if born, likely to be severely affected with a fetal-drug disorder.
The Hand Mirror blog is angry at Bouchier, the pro-family Christine Rankin, and the Bernadine McKenzie, head of Child, Youth and Family who supported Bouchier’s decision for life. They state that Bouchier does not respect Isabelle as a person, however this could not be any further from reality. It is The Hand Mirror blog that is guilty of de-humanising a human person in need of help – the helpless pre-born child.
Thankyou Tony Bouchier, you truly are a hero.