Media Release Friday 30 June 2017.
Right to Life requests that Parliament uphold the UN Declaration of Human Rights which protects the inalienable right to life of every citizen, by voting against the End of the Life Choice bill of David Seymour.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, in Article 3 that; “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” The preamble of the Declaration reads; “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Our right to life is our first human right, our rights are both universal and inalienable, being inalienable our right to life may not be taken from us nor may we give it up and being universal everyone has these rights.
New Zealand is a signatory to the Declaration having signed in 1948. Should Parliament support the End of Life Choice bill, it will be in violation of the Declaration of Human Rights. As a signatory to the Declaration, Parliament has a duty to the people of New Zealand to uphold our right to life. Our right to life imposes a duty on others not to kill us. There is therefore a duty imposed on Parliament not to change the law to permit assisted suicide and homicide.
Those who advocate for assisted suicide mistakenly promote it as the exercise of autonomy, “my life, my body, my choice.” The truth is that our lives belong to our Creator and we are but stewards of that life. Assisted suicide and homicide violate the virtue of justice, as it firstly deprives our Creator of what is rightfully His and secondly it violates our right to life..
The European Court of Human Rights found in 2014, that there is no human right to assisted suicide and that under the European Convention of Human Rights, the right to life benefits from a particularly strong protection. This obliges the state not only to abstain from inflicting death, but also to protect life, which the state accomplishes notably by prohibiting murder and assisted suicide.
Right to Life.