Media Release 6th March 2014
The New Zealand Family Planning Association[FPA] in its submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council had the breath-taking audacity to accuse the New Zealand government of violating the human rights of women and girls living in New Zealand. The UN Council was meeting in February to review the performance of the government in its upholding human rights. Right to Life believes that the FPA is itself guilty of supporting serious human rights violations.
The UN accusations are very serious ones; they are an affront to our nation. The main accusation is that the government has not decriminalised abortion to allow for abortion on demand for the whole of pregnancy, for any reason, or no reason. The FPA claims to represent the women of New Zealand at the United Nations and to be the champion of the human rights of women. How dare they, this is challenged; the ideology of the FPA is alien to that held by the fast majority of New Zealand women.
Who then has appointed the FPA to fill this role? Nobody, they have appointed themselves. FPA is a business; its business is selling sex, and its objective is to encourage as many people as possible to be sexually active. Its marketing strategy is to seduce our children and to increase its client base by infiltrating schools with comprehensive sex education programmes that threaten the morals and health of our children. Family Planning claim that they promote choice; this is a charade, for they are opposed to schools consulting with parents to seek approval for the use of sex education programmes in school. They are also opposed to parents having the right to withdraw their children from these offensive programmes. The FPA does not accept that parents are the first educators of their children, for the FPA believes that they are.
Continue reading Family Planning Accuses Government of Violations of Human Rights
The following post is by Shelia Liaugminas on the Shelia Reports section of the MercatorNet website
Some big questions have demonstrably true answers. But when they don’t fit powerful narratives, some powerful people are making the questions irrelevant.
Or coming up with pragmatic answers, you know, whatever works at the moment to dodge the truth.
As the Planned Parenthood president just did this week, saying that when life begins is not really relevant to the abortion debate.
“It is not something that I feel is really part of this conversation,” Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos on Thursday. “I don’t know if it’s really relevant to the conversation.”
When pressed, Richards said that in her view life began for her three children when she delivered them.
She explained that the purpose of her organization is not to answer a question that “will be debated through the centuries,” but to provide options for pregnant women.
People who choose to deny the facts may find them debatable or beyond their ability to debate, or just reduce them to an incoherent diversion.
But it is not debatable when life begins. It is scientific fact.
Continue reading Truth matters, in politics, culture, personal beliefs
27 February 2014
Group Manager Strategy and Standards,
Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners,
Dear Ms McKeogh,
Maryan Street’s End of Life Choices Bill
Thank you for your reply of 30 October 2014. Thank you for clarifying your College’s position on euthanasia and for giving consideration to our request that your members write to the Hon David Cunliffe concerning Maryan Street’s Bill.
We are encouraged to write to you again following the decision made by the Royal College of General Practitioners in the United Kingdom, reaffirming the College’s opposition to euthanasia i.e. doctors being permitted to kill their patients or assisting in their suicide. Dr Clare Gerada, Chairperson of the Royal College stated that this was the widest consultation ever taken by the College; there were 1,700 responses from doctors with 77 per cent being opposed to any change to their position which is to oppose euthanasia.
Right to Life wishes to request that your College give serious consideration to following the example of the Royal College by adopting a strong stance against euthanasia. It is imperative for the future of the medical profession that it upholds and protects the ethics of the profession founded on respect for the sanctity of life of every human person from conception to natural death.
Continue reading Right to Life Encourages Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners to Reject Euthanasia
Abortion Supervisory Committee,
Private Bag 32001,
Dear Ms Williams
Abortion Breast Cancer Link
Thank you for your letter of 17 February 2014. Right to Life is disappointed that your Committee refuses to accept the finding of the recent meta-analysis of 36 studies that have been published.
In China in 2012. The studies had revealed that there was a 44 per cent increased risk of a woman developing breast cancer after one abortion. This risk increased with the number of abortions that a woman had. There is an epidemic of breast cancer in China following the introduction of China’s one child policy.
We are aware that studies that reveal a link between abortion and breast cancer are dismissed by organisations that promote the abortion industry. In the United States there are seven States that have passed legislation making it mandatory that women seeking an abortion are informed of the link between abortion and breast cancer. Planned Parenthood has gone to court in an endeavour to prevent this information being given to women.
Continue reading Abortion Breast Cancer Link
21 February 2014
Hon Tony Ryall,
Minister of Health,
Dear Mr Ryall
Family Planning Sexuality Education Booklet Q & A
I am writing to you to express the concerns that our Society has with the contents of the booklet used in primary schools for year 6, 10 year olds. The booklet has been funded by your department and produced by the New Zealand Family Planning Association. We request that in the interest of the children of New Zealand that this booklet be immediately withdrawn and replaced with a booklet that is approved by parents, the first educators of our children.
We consider that the booklet misrepresents our sexuality and fails to acknowledge that there are other factors that influence the development of the child. We believe these include the religious beliefs, cultural influences and the value system of the individual family. The booklet completely separates sexual intercourse from love, commitment and childbearing. It teaches that sex is for fun and that it is up to each child to decide when they are ready to have sexual intercourse. It does not promote true respect for one’s own body or that of the opposite sex. Continue reading Minister Asked to Withdraw Harmful ‘Sex Education’ Booklet for Early Primary School Children
Media Release 18th February 2014
The Belgium Parliament has passed a highly controversial law allowing for the killing of children and patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Bill was passed on Friday 14 February by 86 to 44 with 12 abstentions. Belgium now becomes the first country to allow for sick children to be killed. Public opinion polls revealed that the Bill had the support of 75 per cent of the population of Belgium. Doctors are now permitted to kill their child patients if the child is in unbearable pain, is in a terminal condition, has requested it repeatedly, has parental consent, has been seen by a psychiatrist and a psychologist and the killing is approved by the patients doctor. Doctors kill their patients with a lethal injection.
A palliative care nurse, who had cared for 200 dying children, gave evidence that she had never had a child ask for their life to be terminated.
The Bill had the support of the Greens, the Socialists and was opposed by the Christian Democrats. Those who promoted the law said that this now legalises what is already being done. Dr Philippe Mahoux author of the 2002 Euthanasia legislation “Right to Die” in support of it said that the bill was “the ultimate gesture of humanity” and removed the discrimination against a “child’s right to die”.
Continue reading Belgium legalises Doctors killing Sick Children and the Mentally Ill — A Wake-Up Call for New Zealand
This article is by Carson Holloway at MercatorNet. The following is an extract from this compelling post
It is both troubling and galling to think that we are now at the end of a fifty-year fraud that has been perpetrated on us in relation to some of the most important things in human life. But it is even more troubling to realize that we may not in fact be at the end but still in the middle of that great fraud, to realize that there are still more consequences to face, now hidden and even denied but nevertheless approaching inexorably with the unfolding of the logic of sexual liberation. The moral mugging is not over but still going on.
Read the full article entitled “If you like your morality, you can keep your morality” at MercatorNet
Media Release 14 February 2014
United Nations attack on Religious Freedom
The United Nations Committee for the Convention for the Rights of the Child presented its report on the periodic review of the Holy See’s compliance with the Convention.
The audacity of those who wrote this report is breathtaking. Under the guise of addressing sexual abuse within the Catholic Church the Committee attacks religious freedom. For Right to Life this is the issue. The Committee’s report is a flagrant and egregious attack on the religious freedom of the Catholic Church, her right and obligation to uphold the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of life for every human being from conception to natural death. The Catholic Church is at the forefront at the United Nations in upholding the dignity of man and the sanctity of life. There are those who seek to silence the Church and to have her expelled from the United Nations.
Religious freedom is a basic human right, it is universal and it is inalienable, Man has a right to have a relationship with his Creator and to believe and act in accordance with an informed conscience. Religious freedom is guaranteed by the Declaration of Human Rights which proclaims in Article 18 the right to freedom of religion. It is not the prerogative of the United Nations to dictate to Churches what they teach, nor to dictate what we believe.
The chair of the Committee, Kirsten Sandberg, stated that the Catholic Church was in breach of the Convention. The United Nations Committee has directed the Catholic Church to amend Canon law, the law of the Church, to provide for the circumstances in which abortion is permitted.
It has also directed “the Church to overcome all the barriers and taboos surrounding adolescent sexuality that hinder their access to sexual and reproductive information including family planning and contraception.” It has also directed that all text books used in Catholic schools that encourage gender stereotyping and any terminology that could challenge equality between boys and girls be amended or removed.
It is alarming that a United Nations Committee that exists to protect the rights of the child both before and after birth should make a report supporting the killing of children before birth and the undermining of the dignity and welfare of the child after birth by insisting information about contraception and encouragement of sexual activity be promoted to our children and outside of marriage.
Why is the Committee failing to uphold the Convention’s objective to defend the right to life of the unborn? Why is the Committee silent at the starvation, torture and killing of children in Syria and the denial of education for girls in Afghanistan and other Islamic countries?
The United Nations Committee comprises eighteen unelected “experts” including three members from notorious human rights abusing countries, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain. The vice chair of the Committee, Aseil Al Shehail is an advocate for Sharia law. She is from Saudi Arabia where the law is based on Sharia law with the death penalty for conversion to another religion. The law allows for capital punishment, corporal punishment and life sentences for children. This Committee, to its utter shame, has never criticised Saudi Arabia for its flagrant violations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is an outrage.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is an important human rights document that New Zealand has signed. It is important for the welfare of children, that the Committee is faithful in upholding the true objectives of the Convention and not imposing an anti- life agenda. The New Zealand government is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and contributes money from taxpayers each year for the running of the United Nations.
The government should now take steps to have this United Nations Committee cease promoting its own agenda and have the members replaced by members who will faithfully uphold the Convention by upholding the ideals expressed in the Convention’s preamble, which states that “The child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity needs special safeguards and care including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.” The Catholic Church has been directed to report back to the UN Committee by 1 September 2017 on the implementation of the Committee’s directions contained in the latest report.
Right to Life.
10 February 2014
Hon Murray McCully,
Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Dear Mr Mc Cully
United Nations Attack on Religious Freedom
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child recently presented its sixteen page report on the periodic review of the Catholic Church.
Our Society is concerned about this report which is a flagrant and egregious attack on the religious freedom of the Catholic Church, her right and obligation to uphold the dignity of the human person and an attack on religious freedom guaranteed by the Declaration of Human Rights which proclaims in Article 18 the right to freedom of religion.
Right to Life recognizes that the Catholic Church is at the forefront worldwide in upholding the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the human person. The Catholic Church is not at liberty to change its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality which are based on the law of God. This is an attack on the religious freedom of every citizen. It is not the prerogative of the United Nations to dictate to Churches what they teach, nor to dictate what we believe.
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The following post is by Amy Brooke from the February/March 2014 Issue of Investigate Magazine
Clipped to the side of my computer screen is the photo of a truly beautiful brown-skinned little baby, close to newly-born. An accidental smile lights up its tiny face, its eyes wide with wonder. A small hand with perfectly formed fingernails is close by.
This Thank You card was sent on behalf of a baby girl, Christa. Spared from abortion, she is treasured by adopted parents, thanks to a brave mother cared for by Family Life International New Zealand. We will never know what possible anguish her mother went through. But we can honour her for choosing to refuse to kill her child; for rejecting being fobbed off by those dealers in death who themselves either deliberately lie – or have been deceived into proclaiming to confused and upset, even desperate young females, that the son or daughter they are carrying is merely a blob of tissue, a mass of cells.
We’ve heard it all for too long. Whatever area the debate on abortion covers, we know one thing. The aggressive pro-abortion lobby does not deal to the truth of things. The quibbling about when what is indisputably someone’s growing daughter or son begins to become a human being avoids the truth: it is immediately after conception. The deliberate deceiving of so many young women, including teenagers, even 12 year olds, directed towards an abortion concealed from their parents, is compounded by the essential wickedness of withholding very real facts. In so very many instances there will be a lifetime’s sorrow and deep grieving ahead for the child whom they never knew, the lost little boy or girl – let alone the now higher risk of breast cancer as a result of that abortion…a fact Planned Parenthood tries to hide.
Continue reading The life and death truth of things