Law Commission Must Not Be Asked to Promote Homicide

euthanasia8 Right to Life is opposed to the recommendation of Green Member of Parliament, Keith Hague MP, that the government instruct the Law Commission to lead a public consultation on euthanasia. Sir Grant Hammond, President of the Law Commission, in February told the Justice and Electoral Parliamentary Select Committee, that the Commission “was stretched to the limit” with its work load.

Euthanasia is about doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide. Both murder and assisting in suicide are serious crimes. They are, in the Crimes Act to protect the vulnerable in society.

The role of the Law Commission, established in 1986, is to promote the systematic review of the law, its reform and the development of the law in New Zealand. The great American statesman, Benjamin Franklin said that the first and only duty of government is to legislate for the protection of human life and not to preside over the destruction of mankind. Human life remains the most precious shared value of New Zealanders –the right to life and the right to protect life. Life is a sacred trust from the Creator. This principle is enshrined in New Zealand law since the founding of our nation in 1840. It is reaffirmed in the New Zealand Bill of Rights.

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Always Care, Never Kill: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality

EWTN News The following article  from the Heritage Foundation website concisely details the dangers inherent in Physician Assisted Suicide. The abstract of the article is presented below the video. The article is by Ryan T. Anderson.

Allowing physician-assisted suicide would be a grave mistake for four reasons. First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational commitments. And fourth, it would betray human dignity and equality before the law. Instead of helping people to kill themselves, we should offer them appropriate medical care and human presence. We should respond to suffering with true compassion and solidarity. Doctors should help their patients to die a dignified death of natural causes, not assist in killing. Physicians are always to care, never to kill.

High Court Action Threatens lives of Vulnerable

Right to Life is disappointed that Lecretia Seales is to seek the High Court’s permission to have her doctor assist in her suicide, self murder, or provide her with a lethal injection.

Right to Life is moved with compassion for Lecretia who is tragically enduring an inoperable brain tumour and is understandably fearful of experiencing a painful death. We are blessed in New Zealand with having excellent hospices that provide world class palliative care with pain control and a dignified death. There is no need to kill the patient to control pain.

Lecretia claims that it is her right to choose to kill herself and that it is a human right.

This claim is challenged, there is no human right to choose to kill oneself. Since the beginning of civilisation it has been held that we do not have a right to kill ourselves or seek assistance in suicide.There is no such right recognised by the United Nations in any Convention.

Life is a precious gift given to us by our Creator a gift that must be guarded and protected. A gift over which we have stewardship but not dominion. Assisted suicide and doctors being permitted to kill their patients, violates justice and gives grave offence to our Creator.

At conception every human being is endowed with an inalienable right to life, it may not be taken from us, nor may we give it up.

Should the High Court consent to hear Lecretia’s petition, she will be placing in jeopardy the right to life of the elderly, the disabled and the seriously ill who do not want to be deprived of their lives. May the anticipated High Court hearing be a further impetus to our nation to ensure that every person has access to loving  quality palliative care with pain control and death with dignity. There is no dignity in being killed by your doctor.

In the event of the High Court consenting to hear Lecretia’s unwise petition, Right to Life will consider seeking the High Court’s permission to make a submission in the defence of the vulnerable in our community, respectfully opposing her petition.

Ken Orr

Spokesperson,

Right to Life.

Why I stand and pray for an end to abortion

https://acultureoflife.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/christholdingunbornchildstatue.jpgThe Following article is by MIchelle Kaufman and is from her A Culture of Life Blog (March 22nd 2015)

As I arrived at AMAC (the Auckland Medical Aid Centre – an abortion facility) this afternoon to pray for an end to abortion, for all those involved and most especially for the mothers and babies, I was greeted by a beautiful sight.

A young mother was standing just outside the doors of AMAC, holding her little girl – she must have been about 7 months – and they were delighting in the small world flags flapping in the wind.  These flags are adorning all the buildings down Dominion Road for the Cricket World Cup.

How wonderful it was to see the joy on both of their faces!

But then my heart sunk.  Just above their heads was the theatre where pre-born children are ripped from their mother’s wombs.  I could see the theatre walls and the instrument trolleys.  The sheer number of mothers and babies who would never experience this moment of joy weighed heavily on my heart.

And I wondered why on a sunny Sunday afternoon it was so difficult to get more than one person to turn up and beg God’s mercy for this horrendous act against human life.  (Thankfully a little later, someone else arrived to pray with me).

What would the outcry be if the children being sacrificed in the name of choice and convenience were already born?  Would the Christian Church speak out with force?  Would we see the social justice committees rallying up parishioners to stand outside the facilities where the atrocious act was happening: to beg God’s mercy, to provide help and support for the families who felt they had no other choice, to offer alternatives?

Or would there be silence?

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Euthanasia – A Culture of Death

Dutch Euthanasia advocate, Dr Jonquiere has completed his meetings in New Zealand. His objective in coming here was to convince the community that we should support Parliament changing the law to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.

The killing of the ill and disabled however is not only dangerous for the community it is morally wrong, no matter what the motive.

Every human life from the moment of conception to natural death has an inalienable right to life which may not be taken from us, nor may we give it up.

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Amnesty International Supports Men’s rights to buy and sell sex

Media Release 16th March 2015

Right to Life is disappointed that Amnesty International, according to an internal leaked document from that organisation (originally in January 2014), supports the right of women and men to engage in prostitution and pornography. This document states that criminalizing a prostitute’s client is an attack against both privacy and an individual’s free choice. This document also states that the access to prostituted women is a fundamental human right. This is an internal policy document to define the global strategy of the organization on the issue of prostitution and pornography. Should this policy be adopted by Amnesty International it would mean that under the guise of protecting human rights it would actually be actively lobbying worldwide against the human rights of women, by seeking the decriminalisation of prostitution.  The leaking of the document caused outrage amongst many of Amnesty’s supporters and was met with hostility from many women’s groups. [Read more…]

Right to Life welcomes the establishment of Not Dead Yet Aotearoa- A Voice for the Disability Sector

notdeadyet1 Right to Life believes that the voices of disabled people, their families and Disabled Person’s Organisations need to be at the forefront of a national debate on killing the disabled, which is what is proposed in the Labour Party’s euthanasia bill, End of Life Choice bill, currently out of the ballot, being promoted under the guise of compassion and the right to choose.This bill, if passed, would empower the strong to kill the weak.

This contentious bill is promoted under the guise of compassion to alleviate the intolerable suffering of  patients in a terminal condition, its real purpose is to encourage the disabled to believe that they are a burden to themselves, their family, friends and the state. This discrimination does not just happen at moments of crisis or imminent death, they are the underlying reason why society is so inaccessible to disabled people and excludes and isolates them.These negative attitudes are faced by the disabled all the time. It is easy for them to believe that their life has no value and that they would be better off dead.

Every disabled person is a child of God and is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s loving creation.

Discrimination against the disabled is entrenched in our law and it starts in the womb. We have pre- natal screening for Down syndrome and other disabilities. If screening reveals a child with Down syndrome, Spina Bifida or another disability, the mother is encouraged to consider having the child killed before birth.The Crimes Act provides for the killing up to 20 weeks gestation of children in the womb if they have a serious disability.Down Syndrome is a mild to moderate disability but that does not stop these children being murdered

The promotion of legislation to allow a doctor to kill a disabled person who is unhappy with their quality of life is a natural progression from killing the disabled in the womb. The widespread practice of abortion leads to euthanasia. If it is acceptable to kill one category of people then it is logically acceptable to kill others, specifically the ill, the handicapped and the old, for human life is no longer sacred. A chilling example of this kind of development can be seen in the Nazi T4 euthanasia program in Germany.

The Disability Convention requires governments to reaffirm that every human being has the inherent right to life. Governments shall take all necessary measures to ensure disabled people effectively enjoy this right on an equal basis with others.

Right to Life requests that the Labour Party rejects the contentious End of Life Choice bill which is a serious threat to the lives of the disabled in our community .We also request that It should then reconfirm its commitment to implement the provisions of the Convention and work towards our community accepting the value of the lives of our disabled who enrich our society with their contribution to our nation.

Ken Orr

Spokesperson,

Euthanasia at the Water Cooler

This YouTube Video below is by Norman Kunc and features a conversation which explores the complexities of legalising euthanasia. It was first published on 7th March 2013. Click on picture to activate link to video.

Right to Life believes that the disabled are at particular risk from any such proposal.  The video provides an in depth illustration of why this is so.

Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift run the Broadreach Centre in Vancouver BC. , an organisation which trains, mediates and counsels on disability issues. Together Kunc and Van der Klift,  have spent more than 30 years working to ensure that people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in schools, workplaces, and communities.  They believe that the most significant barriers confronting people with disabilities are the dominant narratives about disability that exist in society and in the “helping professions.” Specifically, they believe that there is a pervasive “narrative of correction” throughout the fields of special education, rehabilitation and behavioral support that inadvertently implants an identity of inadequacy in the people being supported.

Why is the NZ government silent about the violation of human rights of China’s one child family policy?

 

John Key meets Chinese Premiere Xi Jinping

Right to Life is disappointed that the New Zealand government has no policy on China’s appalling and oppressive one child family policy. Our government’s silence is shameful and inexcusable and makes us complicit in the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Chinese government against its own people. The information that “the New Zealand government does not have a position on China’s One Child policy” was provided to Right to Life by the Chief of Staff, of the Prime Minister’s Office, Wayne Eagleson on 13 February 2015, in response to an Official Information Act request.

Right to Life commends the government for speaking up about human rights abuses in other countries. The Prime Minister stated in Parliament on 11 February in response to a question concerning Saudi Arabia that, ”our embassy staff in the region continue to indicate that we are opposed and outraged by human rights abuses.”

Why then, the deafening silence from government on China’s one child family policy involving forced abortion and infanticide? Surely these too are crimes against humanity and yet John Key remains silent.

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Misleading Article on Euthanasia Survey -TV3

Right to Life challenges TV 3 regarding its article concerning Euthanasia,  posted on its website on Friday 20th January. The article is in our opinion not only biased in favour of euthanasia but it contains factually incorrect statements.  The media have both the duty and responsibility to provide factually correct and unbiased  information to the community which it serves.  That TV3 appears to be actively promoting a change to our laws which would permit doctors to kill their patients is of great concern. It is  TV3’s duty to contribute to an informed debate on this threat to life and to be accurate in their news articles.

The TV 3 online article leads off with the following statement…

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