Media Release 8th Feb 2018
The Prime Minister owes the women of New Zealand an apology. On the 1st February, in response to an Official Information Act request from Right to Life she disclosed that she has no evidence to support her claims that the killing of an unborn child is not a crime, that the abortion law makes criminals out of women and that abortion should not be in the Crimes Act.
These statements are patently false and misleading to the community. Right to Life is totally opposed to women being burdened with the guilt that they are criminals. This is an unwarranted and cruel imposition that is strongly rejected by the pro-women and pro-life movement.
It is a crime to kill an unborn child, the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family. The Crimes Act has provided protection for the lives of women and the unborn since 1856. There are no just grounds for decriminalising the killing of the unborn and declaring it a health issue.
Right to Life asks the Prime Minister to be an advocate for women and their precious unborn children by seeking to have the abortion laws in the Crimes Act upheld as was the intention of Parliament. The Prime Minister should also oppose the advocacy of the anti-women movement led by Family Planning, for the decriminalising of abortion.
The questions presented to the Prime Minister on 15 December were;
- The unborn child is the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family. Abortion the killing of the unborn child has been recognised as a crime in the Crimes Act since 1856. What evidence do you have that it should now no longer be treated as a crime and taken out of the Crimes Act?
- What evidence do you have to support your contention that abortion should not be a crime?
- Under what legislation are women criminalised for aborting the life of their child in the womb?
- What evidence do you have that women have been charged in New Zealand since 1977 with a crime for having an abortion?
Mike Munro Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister on behalf of the Prime Minister replied; “ In so far as you have asked for evidence held by the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, I can advise that the Prime Minister has not received any official information within the scope of your requests.
Abortion is in the Crimes Act for the protection of women and the unborn. The removal of abortion from the Crimes Act should be strongly opposed. The decriminalisation of abortion would mean that the unborn child would effectively be recognised as the property of the mother who would have the sole right to decide whether her child lives or dies. It would mean that a woman could seek an abortion for any reason. This would include, because the child was the wrong sex, usually female. This would be discrimination against women. Decriminalisation would extend the grounds of disability to allow abortion for minor disability. This would be discrimination against the disabled. Should abortion be decriminalised as it is in Victoria, Australia a woman would have the right to abort her child up to 24 weeks gestation without being required to give a reason. After 24 weeks two doctors would be required to agree that the abortion was appropriate. We must ask ourselves this question as a society. Do we want to go down the route of dismantling the little legal protection that mothers and unborn children have against this killing? We believe that this is not want New Zealand wants.
Right to Life.