The website “The Spinoff” this week features an article by Alex Braae entitled “Stare-off on Dominion Rd: anti-abortion vs pro-choice at Auckland’s 40 Days for Life vigil”
The piece begins with the statement “Is the daily anti-abortion vigil for Lent a peaceful, prayer-focused protest, or is it more intimidating than that?”
Braae is a Newstalk ZB producer and a student journalist. His latest article descends quickly into levels of bias and pro-abortion ideology that would normally only be seen in rants on the Abortion Law Reform Association website.
Braae attempts to portray the peaceful 40 Days for Life Vigils which have resulted in the saving of thousands of lives world wide, in negative terms and as being intimidatory. Being a student of journalism and a radio producer one would perhaps expect Mr Braae to know that the right to freedom of assembly, freedom to protest and free speech are integral and necessary parts of a democratic society.
From a balanced journalism perspective it is all pretty much downhill from the start although Braae does gives lip service here and there, to quoting 40 Days for Life and Family Life International director Michael Lorentz. eg, “Abortion cannot be treated as a health issue… because it adversely destroys the health of the unborn child.”
Statements made by Braae such as ‘The disconnect between them and a society that has largely accepted abortion is deep.” and “The vigils of groups like Family Life International are among the last bastions of confrontational Christianity in New Zealand,” show how out of touch Braae actually is in relation to the depth of opposition to abortion there is throughout the country.
No Mr Braae large sections of New Zealand society still reject the claim that abortion is a settled issue. What actually is being confronted here is not just something that is opposed by those who are Christians. Who would argue the fact that the killing of innocent human beings is always wrong? Unborn children are innocent human beings. Therefore abortion is wrong.
That over 13,000 innocent and completely defenceless unborn children are being disposed of yearly using government money and in our public hospitals, almost entirely for reasons of convenience, is something that we should be being prayerfully confrontational about. It is a public disgrace. That more people are not protesting the mass killings is a shocking indictment on the callousness with which many in our country now treat human life.
In the article Christians praying for unborn children are clearly portrayed in a negative light. Braae’s juxtaposition of statements about the abortion clinic which is the subject of the protest and it’s manager being physically assaulted in the past, with the 40 Day vigil group’s protest, cannot be unintentional. Although careful to point out that the prayer vigil group is non-violent, for Braae to then go on in following paragraphs to talk about violence including murder of abortionists overseas, is clear evidence of his intention to demonize the group.
Braae quotes the general manager of the ‘Auckland Medical Aid Centre’s abortion mill, Lesley Wood as finding the vigils ‘judgemental’. “If they are out there praying for women and unborn children, why can’t they do that in their own churches? It is about intimidation.” she says. But isn’t telling people that they should only pray in their churches, akin to saying to Greenpeace protesters that they should not go to sea to protest offshore oil exploration or to those protesting the cutting down of native forests that they should only protest indoors? What is more we are not just talking about oil or trees here, we are talking about human life, our most precious unborn children.
Braae reports that the staff of the mill where abortions are being committed find the vigils ‘tiring’. One wonders why that would be. Would it be tiring for them if the ‘operations’ they were performing were simply things like removal of tumours or appendixes? What is tiring is that their consciences are being pricked. For the workers in these places must know deep down, what they are really doing.
It is encouraging that prayer vigils for the unborn world wide such as 40 Days, are bearing much fruit with lives saved, abortion mills closing down and abortion clinic workers leaving their jobs. For many of them it is because they are coming to the realisation that killing small human beings is not only unethical; it is murder. And those things, we believe are the result of prayer.
Right to life works towards and looks forward to a future when there are better ways of solving conflicts than killing each other and towards a world when abortion is just simply unthinkable.
Vice President Right to Life