I wish to express concern that Parliament in passing the Whanganui River Claims Settlement bill on 14th April has bestowed on this river the status of personhood. It is noted that the Wanganui river now has a status equal to that of a human being and its status as a person is superior to that of an unborn child.
Right to Life makes no apology for again speaking up in defence of the human rights of New Zealand’s unborn children who have been deprived by Parliament of legal recognition of their status as persons and bearers of human rights. Our life and human rights are a gift from the Creator. It is our Creator who has bestowed on each one of us the status of personhood.
Right to Life believes that human life begins at conception. At the moment of conception there is a new human being who is endowed by its Creator with human rights, the foundation right being an inalienable right to life. Each created human being is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s creation that is entitled to our profound respect and protection.