Right to Life is disappointed in the judgment of the High Court in the case of Right to Life V Abortion Supervisory Committee. This judgment is bad news for women and their unborn. It means that Family Planning which is at the forefront of promoting abortion in New Zealand can now pursue its declared objective of turning all of its 30 clinics into abortion clinics. Right to Life questions whether Family Planning is aspiring to take over the abortion industry in New Zealand?
The Court found in favour of the Committee. Right to Life, when it sought a Declaratory Judgment on the meaning of section 21 [b] of the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, alleged that the Committee had acted unlawfully in issuing a limited abortion licence to the Family Planning Association for its Tauranga clinic. The judgment did however find, that the licences issued to Family Planning in 2014 and 2015 were unlawful.
Family Planning perform medical abortions at its Tauranga clinic with Mifepristone, a lethal drug that kills the developing child by starvation. It is lethal for the unborn child and dangerous for women’s health. It is known that internationally 29 women have lost their lives as a result of a medical abortion with Mifepristone, probably many more were not reported. The American Food and Drug Administration advise that they have received reports of more than 2,200 women being wounded as a consequence of a medical abortion.
Medical abortions have a higher rate of complications than do surgical abortions. A recent Australian study has found that the risks associated with medical abortion are significantly higher than those associated with surgical abortion. The study shows that 5.7% of women undergoing medical abortion require admission to hospital due to complications compared to 0.4% of women following surgical abortion. Infection rates following medical abortion are 1 in 480 for medical abortions compared to 1 in 1500 for surgical abortion. Risk of haemorrhage (severe bleeding) is 1 in 200 for medical abortion compared to 1 in 3000 for surgical abortion.
Family Planning is the biggest abortion referral agency in New Zealand and promote the killing of the unborn as an essential health service. Are we building or destroying our nation? Right to Life believes that Family Planning are an unsuitable organisation to have licences to kill the unborn. Family Planning believes that providing abortions is a service to women; it is not, it promotes abortion as being the safest choice for pregnant women; it isn’t. Recently Jacki Edmond, the CEO of Family Planning, was quoted in the Dompost as saying that having an abortion was 14 times safer for women than giving birth. This is an appalling falsehood, and an insult to women and to motherhood. She also stated that there were no serious medical, emotional and psychological consequences resulting from abortion, again untrue.
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