Right to Life is saddened that the silent holocaust against our own children continues. It was Joseph Stalin, the infamous Russian mass murderer, who said that the killing of one human being was a tragedy and that the killing of tens of thousands was only a statistic. The Nazi regime was meticulous in compiling statistics on the numbers of innocent people who were murdered in concentration camps during the Second World War. The New Zealand government following the example of the Nazi administration compiles detailed statistics on the murder of our children. Statistics NZ have reported that there were 13,155 abortions reported in 2015, this was 18 more than the 13,137 abortions reported in 2014.
Human life begins at conception. Every human being is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s loving creation that was created to love and be loved. At the moment of conception our Creator confers on the new human being human rights, the foundation right being an inalienable right to life. Abortion is a violation of the human rights of the unborn and a denial of the child’s inalienable right to life. It is also a violation of the rights of the mother who is the second victim of abortion.
Right to Life applauds those heroic women who courageously chose life for their precious infants. Right to Life also commends those doctors who in keeping with the highest traditions of their profession refuse to be involved with the killing of the defenceless unborn. Right to Life believes that there is an increasing awareness that abortion is the murder of the innocent and violence against women. There is also an increasing awareness that abortion damages women’s health with an increased risk of breast cancer, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, grief, anger, regret and increased depression.
Right to Life must keep asking; why are many of our churches silent on this crucial justice issue?
- The total number of abortions reported in 2015 was 13,155. This is.4,335 less than the 18,510 reported in 2003, the highest number ever reported.
- Nearly one in five pregnancies ends in the killing of the child in the womb. The general abortion rate [abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years] decreased slightly from 14.4 per 1,000 women in 2014 to 14.2 in 2015. This is the lowest rate in twenty years. .
- The abortion rates for younger women have fallen in recent years. The abortion rate for women aged 20-24 years fell from a peak of 41 per 1,000 in 2003 to 23 per 1,000 in 2015. The abortion rate for women aged 15-19 years dropped from 26 per 1,000 to 11 per 1,000 over the same period.
- There were 4,804 women having a repeat abortion in 2015, down 18 on the 4,822 women having a repeat abortion in 2014. 3,127 women were having their second abortion, 1,097 women were having their third abortion, 375 their fourth, 130 their fifth, 44 their sixth, 20 their seventh and 11 their eighth or more abortion. Why is this? How many women are using abortion as a form of contraception?
- 174 unborn were killed in their mother’s womb on the grounds that they had a serious disability; in 2014 the number was 192, all in violation of the rights of the disabled.
- It is not known how many abortions were authorised where the woman sought consideration because of an alleged rape.
- There were 70 abortions that were of 20 weeks or more duration compared with 81 in 2014. 15 were 22 weeks and 10 were 23 weeks, 5 were 24 weeks and 8 were 25 weeks or over.
The government continues to promote the killing of unborn children as a “core health service”. This is a ‘service’ that has unlimited funding and no waiting list. It is not a health service and it has no place in our public health system. Women who are faced with an unplanned pregnancy deserve compassion and practical assistance to bring their child to birth. The killing of the child is not the solution to this important social issue. No child is unwanted as there are many families that are unable to have children, who would love to adopt a child in an open adoption that allows the birth mother to have an on-going relationship with their child. Why does the government continue to refuse to promote adoption as the loving option?
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