Click on this link to download the July 2008 issue as a PDF document (1.52 MB)
Crown counsel acting for the Abortion Supervisory Committee has advised that the Committee had lodged an appeal with the Court of Appeal.
This appeal is from the judgment of Justice Forrest Miller delivered on 9 June 2008 at the completion of a Judicial Review of the Abortion Supervisory Committee in the High Court in Wellington.
The judgment found that “there is reason to doubt the lawfulness of many abortions authorised by certifying consultants. Indeed the Committee itself has stated that the law is being used more liberally than Parliament intended” Justice Miller stated that ; “In my opinion , the statistics and the Committee’s comments over the years since the Court of Appeal made that observation do give rise to powerful misgivings about the lawfulness of many abortions. They tend to confirm Dr Forster’s view that New Zealand essentially has abortion on request.” The Court held that the Committee does in fact have the power to review and scrutinise the decisions of certifying consultants and to require them to keep records and question them on the use of the mental health ground to authorise 98% of the abortions in New Zealand.
The first duty of the state is to protect the right to life of every citizen from conception to natural death. The Royal Commission on Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion in its report to Parliament in 1977 stated; “The unborn child as one of the weakest, the most vulnerable, and most defenceless forms of humanity, should receive protection.” The Commission heard evidence from around the world and accepted that life begins at conception. The Commission said the right to life is a sacred principle of civilisation.” For this reason the Commission stated; “The child from implantation has a status which entitles it to preservation and protection.” In 1977 the government implemented the recommendations of the Royal Commission by passing the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act [CS &A Act] to regulate the performance of abortion. The Crimes Act was amended to excuse abortions in rare and clearly defined circumstances. It should be recognised that abortion is a serious crime. The Crimes Act, Section 182 Killing of Unborn Child, which was first enacted in 1893, states that it is an offence punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment to cause the death of an unborn child in a manner that would have been murder had the child been born.
"A Woman’s Right to Know" is a downloadable PDF document available to women who are considering an abortion. While it has been produced for woman in the State of Texas, the content is very suitable for NZ woman. The booklet details medical risks of abortion and possible side affects.
Recent Radio New Zealand Podcasts on the Abortion Issue
- Insight Sunday 29 June: Abortion
- In the light of a High Court decision, Insight asks whether the country’s abortion law needs rewriting. (from Insight on Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand National)
- File Size:8.8MB
- Date: (Sun, 29 Jun 2008 08:15:04 +1200
- Stay Away From Abortion Issue’ Marian Hobbs
- Kiwi Party’s Larry Baldock has done the opposite by challenging the lawfulness of many abortions.
- Date: (Thu, 12 Jun 2008 07:51:00 +1200
- Politicians Cautious on Abortion Committee Judgment
- Dr Gillian Gibson of the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists comments.
- Date: (Wed, 11 Jun 2008 07:52:00 +1200
- Abortion Decision (Part 2)
- Right to Life, hails a Judge’s challenge to the Abortion Supervisory Committee interpreting of the law as a victory.
- Date: (Tue, 10 Jun 2008 08:09:00 +1200
- Judge’s Abortion Decision
- A High Court judge says the lawfulness of many abortions being carried out is doubtful.
- Date: (Tue, 10 Jun 2008 07:10:00 +1200
Radio New Zealand will be featuring an interview with Ken Orr of Right to Life New Zealand, Gordon Copeland of The Kiwi Party and Margaret Sparrow, former prominent abortionist and President of ALRANZ, the Abortion Law Reform Association of NZ. The interview also will involve a woman who regrets an earlier abortion.
The subject of the programme will be 30 Years of Abortion in New Zealand.
The programme will begin on Sunday 29th at 8.12 am and will be repeated on Monday 30th at 9.06 am.
It may be available as a podcast for download following the programme by following this link
Shine TV has featured the recent High Court’s decision on Right to Life New Zealand’s case against the Abortion Supervisory Committee on its currrent affairs programme NZone.
link to You Tube video featuring the programme
Professor Donald Evans, director of Otago University’s Bioethics Centre, said yesterday that allowing social grounds for the sex selection of embryos during fertility treatment would be “winding the social clock back in New Zealand by at least a generation and a half”.
Garth George comments on Abortion in his Friday 20th June editorial in the New Zealand Herald.
Here is the link to the editorial
Right to Life in defence of life, is opposed to the recommendation of the Bioethics Council that parents have a right to choose the sex of their children. Sex selection through IVF and Pre Implantation Diagnosis is immoral and unethical. It is a further step towards designer babies, it is eugenics and constitutes a search and destroy mission.