19 August 2016
Ms Jan Logie MP,
Dear Ms Logie
Proposal to Restrict Right to Free Speech and Assembly
You are reported in the NZ Herald on 16 August as saying that it is worth debating whether New Zealand should introduce a no-protest zone around abortion clinics, similar to those enforced in some Australian states.
Right to Life is concerned at this disturbing proposal which is an attack on our human rights of free speech and assembly. Concerned citizens should also be concerned as an attack on the human rights of those who peacefully assemble outside the Thames Hospital is an attack on the human rights of every citizen. These are fundamental human rights that are upheld in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, that our rights are universal and inalienable. Being universal, they are rights that we all have and being inalienable they are rights that may not be taken from us, nor may we give them up. These rights are also upheld in the New Zealand Bill of Rights.