10 December 2013
Abortion Supervisory Committee,
Dear Ms Melkiau,
Medical Abortions – Lawful Procedure
Thank you for your letter of 13 October 2013. In response to our question 6, which read;
May women having an abortion at the Tauranga clinic take the prostaglandin, Misoprostol in their own home as is the common practise in Britain? You replied.
“As answered above at number 5, the Act provides that for abortions to be lawful they must be carried out at licensed institutions, Advice received by the Committee provides that the second dose of prostaglandin which is usually given solely for purpose of controlling bleeding post-procedure may be taken outside of the licensed premise.”
The literature on medical abortion informs us, that few abortions conclude with the expulsion of the human embryo occur after the use of Mifepristone only. The majority of abortions conclude with the expulsion of the human embryo only after the use of the prostaglandin, Misoprostol.
The anecdotal evidence we have received from members of the community in Tauranga is that Misoprostol is being given by staff at the Family Planning clinic in Tauranga, to all women undergoing a medical abortion at that facility to take home and self administer. We are aware that Misoprostol is used extensively overseas to stop post-partum bleeding.
Our Society has sought an opinion on this important issue from our counsel Peter McKenzie CNZM, QC. It is his opinion, that the practice of the staff to provide Misoprostol to women, undergoing a medical abortion to administer at their home, is unlawful in terms of the judgment of Justice Durie. To assist you I have enclosed a copy of our counsel’s opinion. (Note NOT ATTACHED IN THIS WEB POST)
Our Society is concerned that patients undergoing a medical abortion, may experience adverse events, that range in severity from complications that are serious but not life-threatening, to those that can lead to hospitalisation and death.
This matter raises several important questions:
- Does your Committee agree with the opinion of our counsel that it is unlawful for the abortion provider, the New Zealand Family Planning Association to give Misoprostol to women at its Tauranga clinic while undergoing a medical abortion, for them to administer Misoprostol in their home?
- If so, what action will your Committee take to ensure that the abortion law is adhered to?
- Under the Official Information Act, what are the names of other abortion providers, if any, who are providing Misoprostol to women undergoing a medical abortion for the purpose self administering in their own home?
- In view of the serious nature of this issue I would be grateful if you would provide an urgent response to the above questions?
40 Days for Life is a very effective prayerful pro-life witness that began in 2004 in Texas. By 2012, 306 locations in ten different countries participated in the Fall campaign, saving 476 babies, and their mothers, from abortion. Australian cities are now taking part, there has been a“40 Days of Prayer and Fasting” campaign run out of Waikato, and many NZ Christians have provided prayer support during the overseas campaigns. In 2014, a 40 Days for Life campaign will take place in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. The event is of course still many months away but a lot of work will need to be done. The Catholic pro-life group, Family Life International, has already benefitted from a week of training on how to organise and run these events, taught by Australian pro-life worker Paul Hanrahan. Ideally, the witness should be 24-7, with the opportunity for different church communities to "sign up" for one hour time slots. To maintain a continual witness over the 40 day period will require the commitment of a large number of people and the participation of as many of the Christian Churches in these cities as possible. It is also important to have prayer back-up for those involved in witnessing near abortion places and to have trained counsellors and support available for those women who choose life for their babies. There will be specific roles for everyone who desires to stand up against abortion and advance the culture of life. Church communities are invited to prayerfully consider taking part in the next year’s 40 Days for Life in New Zealand. For more info or to register your interest, visit fli.org.nz or ph.09 629 4361.
Media Release 8th December 2013
The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela the civil rights leader and former President of South Africa. While It is fitting that we should pray that He rest in peace and while we both respect and applaud his untiring struggle for civil rights and for his leadership in bringing about reconciliation in South Africa, it is important to also note that he did not support the right to life of African unborn children.
In paying tribute to his many achievements as President between 1994 to 1999 we must not forget that he did not uphold the sanctity of life of children in the womb. The sanctity of human life and the dignity of the family are the foundation and guarantee of all other human rights. It is not possible to be a human rights crusader, if one fails to uphold the human rights of the unborn.
Children in the womb are the weakest and most defenceless members of the human family, they deserve respect and effective legal protection. Under the Apartheid government abortion was prohibited except on very serious grounds.
Nelson Mandela was instrumental in unleashing through his vigorous support in 1996, violence against the nation’s women and unborn by signing into law the highly controversial ‘Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill’. This Bill permits abortion on demand. At the time of its passing it was considered to be the most pro abortion in the world.
Continue reading Nelson Mandela Supported Violence Against Unborn Children and their Mothers
5th December 2013
Abortion Supervisory Committee,
Dear Ms Melkiau
Abortion Breast Cancer Link
I wish to bring to your attention the findings of a meta-analysis of abortion and breast cancer [ABC] in China, which was recently published in the prestigious, peer–reviewed international cancer journal, Cancer Causes and Control. This meta-analysis included 36 studies on the ABC link in China that had been published during 2012. Dr Yubei Huang et al, reported that the overall risk of developing breast cancer among women who had at least one induced abortion was significantly increased by 44 per cent.
These results, said the authors, were consistent with a previously published systematic review that was published in the British Medical Association’s epidemiology journal with colleagues from Penn State Medical Centre in 1996 which showed an overall significant 30 per cent increased risk of breast cancer in worldwide studies.
The new Chinese meta-analysis is of great significance, Not only does it validate the earlier findings from 1996 but its findings are even stronger, for several reasons:
Continue reading Abortion Breast Cancer Link
Media Release December 7th 2013
The New Zealand Family Planning Association is an affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF]. The Federation is at the forefront of promoting a worldwide culture of death with contraception, sterilisation and abortion. Family Planning is both the enemy of the unborn and of women. Family Planning is also the enemy of the family. It is imperative that Family Planning is exposed for the great damage it is inflicting on our society. New Zealand it is time to wake up!
It (NZFPA), wants five year olds to know what a condom is. We are now depriving very young children of their innocence and initiating them into the web of sexualisation that permeates our society.
Family Planning proclaims that they support the right of women to choose. This is a lie. The China Family Planning Association is a member of the IPPF. The IPPF supports China’s one child family planning policy with forced abortions, sterilisations and imprisonment for those who dare violate this policy. The IPPF website supports the one child policy. The IPPF is thus complicit in the massive human rights abuses inflicted on the Chinese people.
Continue reading Family Planning Promotes a Culture of Death
Hon Joe Goodhew,
Minister of Women’s Affairs
Dear Ms Goodhew,
Convention for the Elimination of All Discrimination against Women [CEDAW]
Right to Life is concerned that the New Zealand Family Planning Association continues to act in the belief that Article 12 of CEDAW includes a “human right” to abortion.
Article 12 states, “ Parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the field of health care to ensure on a basis of equality of men and women access to health care service, including those related to family planning.”
New Zealand is a signatory to this Convention, having signed on 20 December 1984.
It is our understanding, that it was the intention of the General Assembly on 18 December 1979, in adopting this Convention, that it was the intention of member States to exclude abortion as a part of family planning.
Continue reading Family Planning’s False and Misleading Claims Over the Right to Kill Unborn Children
PROLIFE FACTS BULLETIN NUMBER 157 NOV 26th 2013
Recently Pope Francis spoke in horror of the so many “legal human sacrifices” taking place around the world. He was referring to the increasing tide of abortion. “Thou shalt not kill” is one of the Ten Commandments yet Tasmania last week passed a law taking abortion out of the crimes act and treating it as a health issue, effectively abortion on demand up to the moment of birth. The Minister of Health Michelle O’Byrne boasted that the new law brings Tasmania into the 21st century and helped remove the stigma of abortion. Freedom of conscience is not allowed, a doctor faces being struck off if he or she refuses to provide the name and contact details of the abortionist. A counsellor who refuses to be complicit in the death of the preborn child faces conviction and a fine of A$4,525. Freedom of assembly is not allowed. Nobody is allowed within 150 meters of an abortion clinic to pray, offer assistance or counselling. Such a breach of the new law earns conviction and a fine of up to A$9,750, or imprisonment for up to 12 months.
Right to Life Comment: Now Tasmania has legalized murder of the unborn up to birth. What is more, dissent itself, now seems to be being criminalised. Think carefully about Pope Francis’ description of the tide of killing now sweeping the world, ‘legal human sacrifices’.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. Isaiah 5:20
Violation of Conscience Rights Enacted
Media Release 24th November 2013
The Tasmanian Upper House has declared war on the women of Tasmania by inflicting on them the most anti-woman abortion legislation on the planet.
Women are no longer safe from having their child in their womb killed during the whole nine months of their pregnancy. The law has now effectively declared that the State of Tasmania has no interest in protecting the life of her child as a future citizen or in protecting her health and welfare. Abortion has been taken out of the Crimes Act and is now treated as a health issue. It is no longer a crime to kill an unborn child. Abortion is provided on request up to 16 weeks gestation with no reason whatsoever required. After 16 weeks and up to birth, the unborn child may be killed, if two doctors believe that “continuing the pregnancy involves greater risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the woman than if the pregnancy was terminated.” There is now effectively abortion on demand up to birth, according to a legal expert.
Continue reading Tasmania Declares War against Women and the Unborn A Wakeup Call for New Zealand
I have recently had the pleasure of reading the book ‘Fighting to Choose” written by Alison McCulloch. It is a history of the abortion debate in New Zealand. Alison is to be warmly congratulated for making a major contribution to the on-going debate. Alison is a highly qualified journalist and her book is the result of extensive and painstaking research. Her objectivity is commendable and her acknowledgment that those on the other side of the debate are also motivated by compassion, a high sense of justice and a love for women and their precious infants is commendable. This book is compulsory reading for all those on both sides of the debate who want to have an understanding of the history of the struggle.
There are two important issues that Alison commented on in her book. She stated that the status of the unborn child was a matter for the mother to decide. This infers that the child is the property of the mother and that the human rights of the child are conferred by the mother. This is contrary to reason, the child is a separate human being that is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s creation, it has its own DNA and its own blood group. Our human rights are conferred on us at conception by our Creator, the foundation right is our right to life. Our human rights are inalienable, they cannot be taken from us and may not be given up. Alison also believes that abortion should be decriminalised. This would be a great setback for the status of women in New Zealand. The feminist movement of the nineteenth century were totally opposed to abortion which they saw as the ultimate in the exploitation of women. The decriminalisation of abortion would be further encouragement to men to exploit women and coerce them to have an abortion should they become pregnant. The decriminalisation of abortion would inflict more violence on women, we would have more exploited and abandoned women.
Alison disclosed to a meeting that she had suffered the tragedy of the loss of her child through abortion. Our heart goes out to her and we should have compassion for her in dealing with this grief. The pain that a mother endures at the loss of her child is a lifelong pain. On completing my reading of Alison’s book I am left with the deep impression that Alison is truly a defender of life and should be at the forefront of the movement to defend women and their precious unborn from the evil and violence of abortion. For the happiness of Alison I hope that day of conversion will be soon, for she will be welcomed with open arms.
The Following post is from ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown
21.11.13 5:22 pm
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment Tasmania’s upper house has passed legislation which will make it easier to obtain an abortion in the state.
The ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said abortion is already legal in the state but the passing of today’s Reproductive Health Bill, which removes abortion from the criminal code and puts it in the health code, means abortion in the state will no longer be seen as taking another life by our government but as a mere medical procedure.
“The rights of children are less protected under this framework then being in the criminal code which acknowledges this is not just another medical procedure,” he said.
He said women will have less restrictions to accessing abortion now that they didn’t have to get doctor’s consent for medical or psychological reasons until after 16 weeks.
“This means there’s less likelihood of a woman having informed consent about her decision. The majority of women and girls who have abortions do so because of a lack of support from partners, parents and friends. Research shows 70% of women say they felt they had no alternative to abortion,” he said.
Continue reading Australian Christian Lobby: A sad day for the unborn in Tasmania