Right to Life believes that the government’s imposition of a referendum on the people of New Zealand to change our nation’s flag is a distraction from the real justice issue that the government continues to ignore. The first duty of the government is to protect the lives of every member of the community. That it refuses to do this in an indictment on its ability to govern.
Right to Life urges the government to have a binding referendum, the question being “do you recognise the child before birth being a human being endowed by its Creator with human rights, the foundation right being an inalienable right to life?”
A nation that focuses on the need for a new flag while not only refusing to acknowledge the injustice being perpetrated against our unborn but actually aiding and abetting that injustice is one that is sowing the seeds of its own demise.
It is of no concern to the unborn under which flag they are murdered. The murder of 14,000 children each year is a burden on not only the conscience of the nation but one that has and will continue to have far reaching social and economic downstream consequences. We cannot hide our shame behind a new flag.
It is disappointing that our government has $25 million to promote a referendum on an inconsequential issue that enjoys minimal interest and support in the community, yet shamefully has no money or political will, to fund a referendum on the right to life of the unborn, the weakest and most defenceless of its community.
Shame on our Court of Appeal that in its judgment in Right to Life v the Abortion Supervisory Committee, in 2012, declared that “the unborn child does not have a right to life” and only became a human being after it was born, A judgment not based on science and the truth but on convenience.
Before birth the child was and is deemed to be the property of the mother.
The judgment of the Court of Appeal is reminiscent of the infamous Dred Scott v Sandford decision of the United States Supreme Court in 1857, when it declared that a Negro was the property of the slave owner and did not become a human being until he was free.
New Zealand cannot be considered a just society until the New Zealand bill of Rights protects the human rights of every New Zealander from conception to natural death.