Right to Life Applauds the Hon Peter Dunne for opposing the death penalty for two Australian drug dealers in Indonesia. He states, “ There is an understandable sense of revulsion developing about that probability, leading to a renewed focus in this part of the world at least about the barbarity of the death penalty. We should be prepared to speak out against the death penalty, as and when it is applied, on the principle that no state has the right to deprive its citizens of life.”
Right to Life totally agrees with Peter Dunne, that no state has the right to deprive its citizens of life and that the death penalty is barbaric. This principle is enshrined, in the New Zealand Bill of Rights, Article 8, Right not to be Deprived of Life. New Zealand abolished the death penalty in 1961. One of the reasons for its repeal was the fear of executing an innocent person. Yet what person could be more innocent than a defenseless unborn child.
Why is Peter Dunne inconsistent in his opposition to the death penalty? He opposes the death penalty for convicted drug dealers on one hand, yet he supports the death penalty for innocent and defenseless unborn children, who are not guilty of any crime, on the other.
Why is Peter Dunne so opposed to the death penalty when applied to one class of human beings, but supportive of it being applied to another? Why does he not see the torture and suffering imposed on our children as barbaric? He readily recognises the right to life of convicted drug dealers, yet he is opposed to the recognition of the right to life of New Zealand’s unborn children. His latest blog release talks of New Zealand being a hypocritical society, but fails to see his own glaringly obvious hypocrisy.
Peter Dunne supports our country’s representative at the United Nations, Ambassador Jim Mc Clay, using his influence as a member of the Security Council to advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. Right to Life believes that it would be hypocritical for our country to lobby for the abolition of the death penalty for adults, when New Zealand not only allows but fully funds and undertakes the execution of its own defenseless unborn children.
Right to Life, makes no apology for speaking up on behalf of our precious children. We earnestly urge Mr Dunne and every member of our National led government, to repeal the death penalty for our unborn by amending the NZ Bill of Rights, Article 8, to include them, as persons with a right to life. Would this not be a foundation stone for a truly just society, instead of us just pretending we are one?
Right to Life