Media Release Saturday 2nd September 2017
Right to Life is disappointed that justice has been denied for the unborn children unlawfully killed in their mother’s womb by abortionist “Dr N”. The High Court in May 2017 refused to lift the order for suppression of the abortionist’s name and the names of the patients concerned. On the 29th August 2014 Right to Life laid a complaint with the Police in Christchurch. The Crown Law Office on behalf of the Police made an appeal to the High Court for the lifting of the permanent name suppression that had been previously requested by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal [HPDT]. The Judge supported his decision stating that the HPDT and the Medical Council had the right and power to lay a complaint against the abortionist “Dr N”, with the Police, but declined to do so. Right to Life believes that it is a miscarriage of justice for the High Court to base this questionable judgment on what we belive is the following premise: That in view of the fact that the HPDT and the Medical Council failed in their duty to seek justice by laying a complaint with the Police, it is inappropriate for Right to Life to seek justice.
Right to Life in the absence of action by the Medical Council or the Abortion Supervisory Committee, had laid a complaint with the Police Department against a doctor for facilitating four unlawful abortions. The Medical Council advised Right to Life that it was “the Police who were responsible for initiating a Police enquiry”, The Council advised that, “any person may refer information in their possession to the Police if that person believes it is appropriate in the circumstances.” The Abortion Supervisory Committee advised that it was aware in May, 2013 of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Committee’s decision in respect of Dr N. The Committee advised that it was not intending to take steps to refer this matter to the Police.
The doctor who unlawfully prescribed the dangerous drug Misoprostol has broken the law. The Crimes Act 1961, under section VIII, Crimes Against the Person, Section 183, procuring Abortion by any means reads “Everyone is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years who, with intent to procure the miscarriage of any women or girl, whether she is pregnant or not, [a] Unlawfully administers to or causes to be taken by her any poison or any drug….
These are serious crimes against the right to life of these defenceless unborn children. Right to life questions why the HPDT, the Medical Council and the Abortion Supervisory Committee did not fulfil their duty to report these crimes to the Police in order that charges could be brought to the High Court.
Dr N, was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal for breaches of the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, and for prescribing the drug Misoprostol unlawfully to four women for the purpose of terminating the lives of their unborn children. The drug acts by causing uterine contractions resulting in the death of the child in the womb.
The Tribunal suspended Dr N from practicing for six months in May 2013 and imposed a number of other requirements concerning the conduct of her practice. The Tribunal found that the doctor had acted unlawfully in breach of the Contraception Sterilisation Act 1977. The Act requires that abortions may be authorised by two certifying consultants appointed by the Abortion Supervisory Committee and that pregnancy counselling be available and offered. The law also requires that abortions take place only in a facility licensed to perform abortions. These requirements are there to protect the health and welfare of women and to protect the right to life of unborn children.
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