Nearly 61,000 5 year olds will commence their schooling this week, happy and laughing, full of the joy of life. Sadly around 14,800 who would have been the same age are missing. What would have been there joy and laughter replaced by a deathly silence. This represents nearly 580 empty class rooms. What a loss to our nation. They join the ranks of the 500,000 children who have been murdered in their mother’s womb since 1977. These are the children who were considered of little worth and whose lives were terminated by abortion. These are the nameless and whose only record of existence is a cold statistic in the Abortion Supervisory Committee’s annual report to Parliament of 2013.
Their absence is mourned for they were created with many talents to enrich our society. They were formed in their mother’s womb by their Creator with loving care. Our society is impoverished by their absence. We should also have deep compassion for their mothers who will be mourning the loss of their children. Many will suffer in painful and lonely silence having been told by Family Planning that what was aborted was just the contents of the uterus; that abortion is safe and that their grief is just their imagination. Mothers, who are so often coerced into an unwanted abortion because of their abandonment by the father or because of pressure from family and friends.
Right to Life asks, when is the government going to recognise that every child is endowed at conception with an inalienable right to life and should be afforded with the respect and protection that is accorded to the human person?
Right to Life will never stop asking our politicians to pause and contemplate the dismemberment of the thirty-five innocent and defenceless unborn who are taken into our hospitals and clinics each day, not to be healed but to be murdered and violently dismembered. Listen intently and you will hear their silent scream. Look into the eyes of the many abandoned and grief stricken mothers and share their pain. It is a great and unforgivable tragedy that there is not one political party in New Zealand that is committed to seeking increased legal protection for the lives of our precious children and help for their mothers. A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.