The Abortion Supervisory Committee [ASC] has disclosed that the members of a recently established Abortion Standards Committee have resigned. The purpose of the Committee was to advise the ASC on recommendations for the performance of abortions in New Zealand; they were an important constituent of the abortion industry and were thus promoters of a culture of death. The controversial duties of the Committee have now been delegated to one unidentified person. The names of the members of the Committee are a closely guarded secret. Right to Life had previously sought the names of the appointees under the Official Information Act from the ASC, the information request was refused.
The High Court in Wellington has advised that a hearing has been set down for Monday, 20 July 2009 before Justice Miller. Right to Life will seek at this hearing to have Justice Miller issue clear declarations to the Abortion Supervisory Committee [ASC] setting out the statutory powers and duties of the ASC. These declaratory orders have the effect of declaring the law and the way in which it should be applied as set out in the fuller reasons given by Justice Miller in his judgment.
The full Court of Appeal on Tuesday 12 May 2009, dismissed the appeal of the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) against several matters in the judgment of Justice Miller given in the High Court in June last year. The Court ruled that as the High Court had not made declaratory orders, the appeal was outside the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal. It was requested that an application now be made by Right to Life and the appellant, for a hearing in the High Court before Justice Miller at which arguments would be presented on the form of the declaratory orders. Right to Life’s counsel has consulted with the Crown counsel Ms Cheryl Gwyn who has agreed to make a joint application to the High Court for this hearing to take place at an early date. Both parties to this action are desirous of having the issue of declaratory orders resolved promptly. The original case that was heard at a two day hearing in April in the High Court will not be re-heard, the judgment made on that hearing by Justice Miller stands.
The Health Commissioner has recently made an important and historic decision that women considering an abortion when undergoing an ultra sound scan have a right to be offered the opportunity to view a scan of their baby in the womb.
This decision of the Health Commissioner, Ron Paterson, was made in response to a complaint made by Right to Life against the Waikato District Health Board. [DHB]. The complaint concerned the protocol followed by the Board which precluded an offer being made to a woman considering an abortion when undergoing an ultrasound scan to view the scan of her baby. The Commissioner in his decision stated;
The recent report to the United Nations from civil rights lawyer’s states that our legislation allows for significant human rights failings, the report ignores unborn children. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights states that our human rights are inalienable and universal. Being inalienable they cannot be taken from us and being universal they are endowed on all human beings. We have a duty to protect the human rights of the weak and vulnerable in society.
Human life begins at conception and at the moment of conception we are endowed by our Creator with human rights, the foundation right being the right to life. The unborn child is the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family and is deserving of respect and protection.
Statistics released by the Abortion Supervisory Committee, under the Official Information Act indicate that we continue to have abortion on demand. There were 18,382 abortions notified in 2007. There is approximately one abortion for every three live births. The statistics reveal that one certifying consultant approved of the killing of 1050 unborn children. The consultant declined not even one request for an abortion.
Right to Life is opposed to Family Planning being granted a licence to terminate the lives of unborn children. The Association’s pursuit of a licence to kill unborn children is bad news for the unborn and bad news for women. The Association is promoting a culture of death. it should be seen as a peddler of death.
The Family Planning Association plans to provide medical abortions from its 30 branches in New Zealand. It is fortunate for women and their unborn children that the Association does not appear to meet the legal requirements to perform abortions. Abortions may be performed only in licenced premises.
Right to Life New Zealand is opposed to the recommendation made to the Minister of Health, by the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology, [ACART] that permission be granted for the use of human embryos for embryonic stem cell research 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.
The decision was made on 24 November 2008. The decision followed a written complaint against the video by Right to Life New Zealand made on 26 June 2008 and byThe Society for the Protection of Community Standards.