Media Release Wed 4th October 2017
Right to Life is concerned that 87 unborn babies with a gestational age of 20 weeks or more were murdered in 2016. These babies suffer excruciating pain as they are killed in an abortion. These babies are all endowed at conception by their Creator with an inalienable right to life. There were 16 babies killed over 25 weeks. The Committee refuses to provide any information on the gestational age of these children or the reasons why they were killed. The last year that this information was provided and the Committee was in 2007, when it was reported that the oldest child was 32 weeks gestation. The information was recently requested and provided by Statistics NZ.
A total of 60 children had a gestational age of 22 weeks or more. Many of these children if born alive could with proper medical care have survived. The Committee and the Ministry of Health does not keep records of babies born alive following an abortion. A recent United Kingdom [UK] report has shown that babies who survive abortion attempts in the UK are often left to die. According to a government report there were 66 infants in one year that survived a National Health Service abortion. In Britain the report shows that once a child is condemned to death by abortion is born alive, no medical help is offered the child. On the contrary guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists offered doctors the recommendation that babies over 22 weeks old who survive abortion be killed by lethal injection. Right to Life ask, does the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians And Gynaecologists support this recommendation?
An abortion may be authorised in New Zealand for a child 20 weeks and over to save the life of the mother or to prevent serious permanent injury to her physical or mental health. It is unlawful to authorise an abortion after 20 weeks for foetal abnormality. Right to Life believes that many children with Down syndrome are killed after 20 weeks under the guise of mental health. Sixty per cent of Down children in New Zealand are killed before birth. The Abortion Supervisory Committee refused to disclose the reasons for these abortions and refuses to provide any information on the gestational age of those of 25 weeks or more. Information provided in previous years revealed that post 20 week abortions were overwhelmingly authorised on mental health grounds. It is acknowledged by the Committee that abortion certifying consultants are using mental health grounds to provide abortion on demand. Unborn children are endowed at conception by their creator with an inalienable right to life. These disturbing statistics raise several important questions;
- Why are these babies being killed?
- How many babies are born alive following an abortion each year in New Zealand?
- What action is taken in our Public Hospitals to provide medical care to save the life of a baby born alive following an abortion?
Right to Life.