Media Release Sat 3rd Feb 2018
Right to Life makes no apology for advocating for the poorest children in New Zealand. Child poverty begins in the womb. The most abject poverty that an innocent and defenceless child can experience is to be violently deprived of their life before birth. Every year in New Zealand more than 12,000 children are the innocent victims of this horrific poverty.
While It is commendable that the Prime Minister is passionate about reducing child poverty, it is totally hypocritical of her to in the same breath, be advocating for the decriminalisation of abortion.
She has appointed herself as the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction. It is however a cause of great concern and disappointment that the Prime Minister in her speech on child poverty presented on Wednesday 31 January indicated no recognition of the plight of our most vulnerable children in the womb, nor her intention to reduce the appalling poverty faced by 12,000 children who are deprived of their precious life every year.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill, unveiled Tuesday afternoon, will ensure New Zealand becomes “the best place in the world to be a child.” She also said; ” The introduction of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill today signals a new start for children’s rights and well-being in our country…” There are 270,000 children living in poverty, it is the government’s objective to halve child poverty in ten years.
The Prime Minister is unwittingly discriminating against our most vulnerable children. How can she claim that she is committed to reducing and eradicating child poverty when she is not only ignoring the killing of children before birth but openly calling for law change so that they will have even less legal protection that they do now? When an abortionist forces his way into the sanctuary of the womb, the home of the child and proceeds to violently tear the limbs and crush the defenceless child, this should surely touch the conscience of Jacinda Ardern who herself is providing a loving and safe sanctuary for her own precious child.
The Prime Minister should give considerable consideration to her moving and inspiring words in the introduction of the bill,; “Children are the most vulnerable members of our community and the government has a responsibility to act and improve the conditions in which one in four of our children are growing up” Right to Life believes that our most vulnerable children are in the womb.
The government cannot claim to be serious about reducing and eradicating child poverty while it ignores the killing of 12,000 children in the womb each year. For every four children allowed to be born one child is deprived of its life.
This government and previous governments must accept responsibility for those children deprived of their lives before birth. It is poverty and violence that is sadly sanctioned and funded by the state.
Right to Life.