Abortion is "quite possibly the worst form of child abuse imaginable" a paediatrician about to start work in the Bay of Plenty says, but others say a law change is "long overdue".

Dr Viliame Sotutu is among 23,000 people who wrote submissions on the Abortion Legislation Bill ahead of last month's cut-off.

Some submissions have now been published online, including views of Western Bay of Plenty churches, Voice for Life Waihi and Family Planning.

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