Media Release 22nd February 2017
The Prime Minister Bill English and Justice Minister Amy Adams have made it clear that the government has no plans to decriminalize abortion. The current calls by ALRANZ for decriminalization flies in the face of everything that is now known about the humanity of the unborn child through 3D and 4D ultrasound scans.
ALRANZ an organisation with only around 100 persons has recently conducted a poll on attitudes towards abortion. The poll is an attempt to solicit support for decriminalization.
Right to Life believes the poll is deceptive. The first questions in the poll asks if the respondent would be likely to support abortion if the pregnant women is likely to die without an abortion and another if they would support abortion if the mothers health was likely to be permanently harmed without an abortion. Data from the UK has indicated that between the years of 1968 and 2011, 6.4 million abortions were performed in England and Wales. Of these less than 0.5 percent were necessary to save the life of the pregnant women or to save her from permanent injury. Less than half of one percent. Right to Life believes ALRANZ uses these lead questions in its poll to arouse sympathy in the respondent for abortion.
If today we can deny the status of the unborn child as a human being endowed with a right to life, there will be nothing to stop us in the near future from denying the humanity of the aged, the disabled and the seriously ill and disposing of them.
Terry Bellamak, the national president of ALRANZ claims that its recent abortion poll indicates that New Zealand is pro-choice. The choice that she is referring to is a right to kill your child in the womb which she claims is the property of the mother. Her philosophy and rhetoric is exactly the same as that of slave owners in the nineteenth century in the United States. Slave owners campaigned for the right to choose to own slaves. Those who were opposed to the choice to own slaves, were told “you are anti choice, don’t impose your morality on me and if you don’t like slavery then don’t own slaves”. Abortion is the new slavery and ALRANZ the spokesperson for a culture of death. ALRANZ poses a serious threat to the lives of the unborn and to the health of New Zealand women.
Abortions may be Authorised only after Full Regard to the Rights of the Unborn Child – long title of the CS & A Act 1977
Right to Life also challenges the claims of Terry Bellamak national president of ALRANZ that The Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act being 40 years old needs to be changed to have abortion decriminalised. Ms Bellamak actually seeks the destruction of the abortion law which was intended to provide legal protection for both the mother and her child. Since 1978 more than 500,000 unborn children have been destroyed, nearly half of these children were female. It is true that the most dangerous place for a woman today is in its mother’s womb. The community should take careful note of the Royal Commission, that warned at the time, that if we did not acknowledge the status of the unborn child as a human being, it would in the future affect the way we treat the elderly. –This prediction has now come to pass as Parliament considers Euthanasia, the killing of the aged, the disabled and the seriously ill.
Parliament was greatly influenced by the findings of the Royal Commission. Much of what the commission had to say and recommend, flowed from their recognition of the status of the unborn child. They said, “From a biological point of view there is no argument as to when life begins. Evidence was given to us by eminent scientists from all over the world. None of them suggested that human life begins at any other time than at conception”
The Commission further said; “From implantation to birth, changes which take place in the unborn child are of a developmental nature only. There are no changes of a qualitative nature. The three events suggested as being of significance, namely quickening, viability and brain development are no more than stages in that development and not indicative of any qualitative changes in the developing fetus, which would make it non-human at one point of time and human at another.”
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