Media Release 19 September 2015
The third National Day of Remembrance for our beloved dead, brothers and sisters who were murdered in their mother’s womb was commemorated on Saturday 12 September. It is important that we remember them; those who were not allowed to be born. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. ”Their demise should fill us with grief. We should recognise them as members of our human family and God’s precious infants. Children who were lovingly knitted together by their Creator in their mother’s womb.
We should mourn the murder of the 12,137 innocent and defenceless unborn children who were deprived of their lives in 2014. They were sentenced to death because their continued existence was deemed by two certifying consultants as a serious threat to the mental health of their mothers. Since the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act was passed in 1977 more than 476,000 New Zealand children have been denied their right to be born and their right to love and be loved.
Right to Life has asked time and time again and again asks, why is there a deafening silence from the churches?
They are among the nameless dead; there is no stone to mark their burial place. Our only record of their existence is as an abortion statistic. Those who killed them, treated their discarded and broken and tortured bodies as medical waste.
In the eyes of Family Planning they were not human beings but, the “products of conception” and the “contents of the uterus.”
They were taken from the place of murder to be incinerated; their ashes to find their lasting resting place at the city landfill, an ignominious end to a life full of promise. Why can we not show more respect for their mortal remains and bury them in consecrated ground in a cemetery where their forebears are buried? Their deaths are an indictment on a nation that greets their murder with silence and permits the killing of the innocent.
It is important to also mourn with the mothers who have been coerced into allowing their children to be murdered. For their pain, grief and tears for the loss of their children is real and often endured for a lifetime alone. Women are the second victim of abortion. The moving words of the Ballad of the Unborn should strengthen our resolve to bring to an end the injustice of abortion.
“BALLAD OF THE UNBORN”
by Fay Clayton
My shining feet will never run
On early morning lawn;
My feet were crushed before they had
A chance to greet the dawn.
My fingers now will never stretch
To touch the winning tape;
My race was done before I learned
The smallest steps to take.
My growing height will never be
Recorded on the wall;
My growth was stopped when I was still
Unseen, and very small.
My lips and tongue will never taste
The good fruits of the earth;
For I myself was judged to be
A fruit of little worth.
My eyes will never scan the sky
For my high-flying kite;
For when still blind, destroyed were they
In the black womb of night.
I’ll never stand upon a hill
Spring’s winds in my hair;
Aborted winds of thought closed in
On motherhood’s despair.
I’ll never walk the shores of life,
Or know the tides of time;
For I was coming, but unloved;
And that my only crime.
Nameless am I, a grain of sand,
One of the countless dead;
But the deed that made me ashen grey
Floats on seas of red.
Right to Life, Phone 03 3856111.