Media Release 15 March 2017
Right to Life New Zealand is disappointed that Andrew Little and Jacinda Ardern support the decriminalisation of abortion. Our Parliament should be judged on the protection that it gives to the weakest and defenceless members of our community. The Labour Party was founded to protect the rights of the marginalised and the weak in society. It is disappointing that they are now departing from the founding principles of the Labour movement. Michael Savage and the founders of the Labour Party would turn in their grave if they could see what the current leaders now propose.
Since the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act was passed in 1977 more than 500,000 children have been violently killed in the womb under a law that was intended to protect them. We don’t need to decriminalise the killing of the unborn, rather we need to, not only uphold the current legislation but to ensure it works as it was originally intended.
Human life begins at conception at which moment the human embryo is endowed by its Creator with human rights, the foundation right is an inalienable right to life. The Royal Commission in 1977 stated in its report to Parliament, that the unborn child had a right to life and was the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family and deserved effective legal protection.
The decriminalising of the abortion laws would be an assault on human rights and would undermine the dignity of women and of motherhood, It would be a denial of the right to life of the unborn child which would become the property of the mother.
New Zealand needs statesmen not politicians. Politicians are concerned about the next election. Statesmen are concerned about the next generation.
It is wrong for Andrew Little and others to repeatedly claim that abortion should not be in the Crimes Act. It is there under the section Crimes Against the Person precisely because the law recognises that the unborn child is a human being with a right to life. Abortion is a crime in New Zealand and is found in the Crimes Act 1961, in the section for crimes against the person, Section 183. Procuring abortion by any means. The section states that on conviction for killing an unborn child one may be imprisoned for a term not exceeding 14 years. It is appalling that at this time when there is increasing evidence of the humanity of the unborn child and the physical, psychological and spiritual damage inflicted on women by abortion, that we would contemplate the decriminalization of abortion. Right to Life is opposed to the war against women and our own children and will vigorously campaign against this proposed lethal attack. What future does a nation have that kills its own children?
Right to Life New Zealand