Right to Life commends nurses employed by the Auckland District Health Board refusing to assist in 2nd trimester abortions. We encourage more nurses to follow their conscience and refuse to assist in abortions. In doing so they would be upholding the hallowed traditions of their noble profession to defend life and to uphold the sanctity of life of every human being from conception to natural death.
Right to Life deplores President Barack Obama’s signing of an executive order rescinding the Mexico City Policy that prohibited Federal funding of overseas organisations that promote the killing of unborn children. President Obama is the most pro – abortion President in the history of the United States. The order allows government funding of the United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA] and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, [IPPF].
Right to Life challenges the outrageous claim of the New Zealand Family Planning Association, [NZFPA] made in its press release of 27 January. The Association claims that “the ending of this policy will help save the lives of millions of women…” We challenge the Association to provide the evidence to support this claim. The funding will in fact result in the killing of millions of defenceless and innocent unborn children. It will also result in many women suffering as a result of their abortion a lifetime of regret and physical and psychological damage.
It is deplorable that President Obama has signed an executive order directing that funding of $34 US million be given to the United Nations Population Fund to promote abortion in other countries. This Agency supports and is complicit in China’s notorious one child family policy with forced abortions. It is now expected that the United States will aggressively promote abortion in the United States and overseas.
Further to our correspondence of the 29 March and 19 May 2007 we wish to draw your attention to the following. Our Society has recently conducted research into the issue of women considering an abortion being offered the opportunity of viewing an ultrasound scan of their child before signing a consent form for an abortion. The following District Health Boards [DHBs] advised that women considering an abortion were offered the opportunity of viewing a scan. The DHBs were Otago, Hawkes Bay and Taranaki. The following DHB’s advised that women were not offered the opportunity to view their ultrasound scan unless they specifically asked for it; they were Auckland, Waikato, Wairarapa and Canterbury.
Dear Mr Key
Re New Year Honours
Our Society wishes to express its displeasure and opposition to the appointment in the New Year honours of Dr Lillian Claire Rothwell as Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Dr Rothwell was appointed by Parliament on 30 August 2001 as the chairperson of the Abortion Supervisory Committee; she resigned that office on 1 March 2007. It is noted that Justice Miller in his judgment presented in June 2008 on the Judicial Review of the performance of the Abortion Supervisory Committee stated;
Re Official Information Act – Request
Our Society is concerned at the withholding of important statistical information by your Committee in its report to Parliament for 2008. We note that the Committee has a statutory duty under the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, section 14. Functions and Powers of Supervisory committee,  [g], To obtain, monitor, analyse, collate, and disseminate information relating to the performance of abortions in New Zealand.
Dear Mr Power
Re Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2008
Our Society is concerned at the withholding of important statistical information by the Abortion Supervisory Committee [ASC] in its report to Parliament for 2008. The Committee has a statutory duty under the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, section 14. Functions and Powers of Supervisory committee,  [g], To obtain, monitor, analyse, collate, and disseminate information relating to the performance of abortions in New Zealand.
The 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights [UDHR] is a time for reflection on our nation’s performance in upholding the human rights of every member of our human family. The Preamble of the Convention states; “whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
Article 3 of the convention states; “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” Unborn children are members of the human family and are its weakest and most defenceless members. Unborn children at conception are endowed by their Creator with human rights, the foundation right being a right to life. These human rights are universal and inalienable. Being inalienable they can not be taken away.
“LifeMatters Volume One” is a new global DVD initiative from Choicez Media that seeks to empower young women with the skills, information and self-belief to negotiate an unplanned pregnancy with more options than abortion alone.
It is about young women being given the full picture about their options and empowered with the courage to build a magnificent life beyond the narrow belief that unplanned pregnancy is the end of their plans and hopes in life thus far.
A new study conducted by the Otago University reveals that women having an abortion have a 30% risk of developing mental ill health, higher than other women who chose life for their baby. The study was reported in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Abortions increased the risk of severe depression, anxiety and substance abuse by one third. The study concluded that childbirth and miscarriages do not adversely affect women’s mental health.The authors, Professor David Fergusson and two other doctors concluded that anywhere from 1.5 to 5.5 percent of all mental health disorders seen in New Zealand result from women having abortions.