New Zealanders are kind, compassionate and caring. We are opposed to violence being inflicted on others, especially against women, children and those who cannot defend themselves. Why then is it that we remain abjectly silent in the face of the appalling violence inflicted on unborn children who are the weakest and most defenceless members of our human family? This is violence inflicted by doctors who are committed to protect life and to do no harm. They are called abortionists.
Why do we give more protection to animals than we give to our own unborn children? The Animal Protection Act 1999 provides, for on conviction, for a fine of up to $50,000, or imprisonment for up to 12 months for causing suffering or distress to any animal.
Imposing pain on any pain-capable living creature is cruelty. And ignoring the pain experienced by another human individual for any reason is barbaric. We don’t need to know if a human fetus is self- reflective or even self- aware to afford it the same consideration we currently afford other pain – capable species. We simply have to decide whether we will choose to ignore the pain of the fetus or not.
We should follow the recent example of the United States. There are 10 states that have passed legislation to outlaw the killing of the unborn after 20 weeks, the objective being reducing the violence and suffering inflicted on the unborn. At this time there is a “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” to be presented to the US Congress outlawing abortions after 20 weeks; it is expected to be passed by the Republican controlled Congress and Senate.
New Zealand’s famous pioneer foetologist, Professor Albert Iiley, of the University of Auckland, says that by the fifty-sixth day after conception, the baby’s spinal reflexes are sufficiently developed to feel pain. He adds: When doctors first began invading the sanctuary of the womb, they did not know that the unborn baby would react to pain in the same fashion as a child would. But they soon learned they do!
Dr. Liley’s observation is graphically demonstrated in Dr. Bernard Nathanson’s classic film, The Silent Scream, the first widely circulated ultrasound of an actual abortion. It shows a child serenely resting in her mother’s womb. Suddenly the child is alarmed because of the intruding abortion device. Her heart races in terror, she moves as far away as she can, trying desperately to save her life. Just before her body is torn to pieces and sucked out through the vacuum tube, her tiny mouth opens in an unheard scream of terror. After the abortion the doctor who performed it was invited to view the ultrasound. He was so upset with what he saw that he left the room. Though he had performed over ten thousand abortions, He never did another abortion. Dr Bernard Nathanson now speaks on behalf of the unborn child.
Right to Life