In 2016 there were 12,823 abortions reported in New Zealand. This represents a three per cent decrease on the 13,155 abortions reported in 2015. This is the lowest abortion total in 25 years. Right to Life welcomes the continued decrease and applauds the heroic and sacrificial women who chose life for their precious infant. They deserve the generous support of the whole community. Right to Life also grieves with the women who were so often abandoned by the father of their child in the time of the woman’s greatest need and coerced into an abortion that was chosen for her. It is a cruel mockery and a charade for society to pretend that it is “a woman’s right to choose.” “Choosing” an abortion is a decision of despair and a cry for help.
The abortion statistics are an indictment on our Parliament which sanctions and funds the killing of the innocent as a core health service with unlimited funding and no waiting list. Our women deserve better. The statistics disguise the reality that every child violently dismembered in the womb of the child’s mother is an unrepeatable miracle of God’s loving creation.
The statistics are also an indictment on the media which have generally ignored the media release on abortion statistics made by Statistics NZ. Is it not a travesty, that the media considers the tragedy reflected by the statistics of little interest and not worth even a mention? It was Joseph Stalin who said the killing of one human being is a tragedy and the killing of tens of thousands just a statistic. Since 1977 more than 500,000 children have been violently killed in their mother’s wombs, a massive violation of human rights. Why is the media so coldly indifferent to the killing of New Zealand children in their first nine months of life and we must also ask why the Churches remain silent? [Read more…]