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.
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.
The tragic and callous murder of little Nia Glassie has touched the heart of our nation which is deeply moved with grief and mourning.. How could this tragic abuse of a beautiful and defenceless three year old happen? We protest that it must never ever happen again but it will.
New Zealand shamefully has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the world. These statistics are but the tip of the iceberg, for violence against children begins in the womb. Abortion entails violence against a defenceless and innocent child a member of the human family. How can we protest at the violence perpetrated on Nia Glassie yet accept violence against unborn children?
The election of Senator Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States is a victory for a culture of death. He is the most pro- abortion President in the history of the United States. His voting record in the United States Senate was shamefully totally pro=abortion and anti-life. He even voted in the Illinois Senate against a Bill that would have given protection to the life of a child born alive following an abortion.
This year’s general election marks a crisis in our nation’s history. Under a Labour led government our nation has endured for the previous nine years, unprecedented social engineering that has damaged the moral fibre of our society. The community is warned that the election of a Labour, Greens coalition government could unveil a further round of damaging social engineering. This could further threaten the lives of unborn children, the elderly and the place of marriage in our society.
Right to Life seeks to raise public awareness of the plight of our unborn children and their mothers. To assist in raising awareness Right to Life has launched a campaign of pro-life advertising on Television New Zealand. The advertising comprising 21 screenings, features three adverts which will be screened in prime time on TV 1 and TV 2 during the period 21 -31 October. The TV advertising cost $20,000, Right to Life is grateful to its members and supporters who generously funded the campaign.