Right to Life has been advised that the Abortion Supervisory Committee on the 20th August filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal against several important findings of the judgment of the High Court. In effect it has renewed the appeal that was brought earlier and which the Court of Appeal did not allow to proceed at that stage. The hearing in the Court of Appeal is likely to be in the first half of 2010 unless court time was available later this year. Justice Miller had found that “there is reason to doubt the lawfulness of many abortions authorised by certifying consultants.”
The Abortion Law Reform Association, [ALRANZ] on 16 June issued a media release in response to the release by Statistics New Zealand of the abortion statistics for 2008. Dr Margaret Sparrow, President of ALRANZ stated:
“We would like to see the abortion law reflecting what happens. We totally agree with the anti-abortion groups who say that it is ridiculous that 98 per cent of abortions in New Zealand are done on mental health grounds, because that is patently a farce.”
Dr Sparrow was for many years the Director of the Parkview Abortion facility in Wellington and during this time terminated the lives of thousands of unborn children..
There were 17,940 abortions reported in New Zealand in 2008.Right to Life New Zealand is pleased with the reduction of 440 abortions on the 18,380 abortions performed in New Zealand in 2007. This is good news for our unborn children and their mothers. We believe that one of the reasons for the decrease is the increasing recognition in the community that abortion not only destroys an innocent and defenceless unborn child but is also harmful to the physical and mental health of women.
Right to Life is concerned about the lawfulness of many of the abortions authorised in 2008. The statistics for 2008 reveal that 98% of abortions performed were authorised on the grounds of serious danger to the mental health of the mother, this statistic has been constant since 1977. This conclusion on the lawfulness of these abortions is supported by the judgment of Justice Miller, in the High Court in Wellington, in the judicial review of the Abortion Supervisory Committee. [ASC] For latest 2008 Abortion Stats go to the Right Sidebar of homepage.
Right to Life joins with the international pro-life movement in condemning as an unspeakable and evil act the murder of late term abortionist George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas. He was murdered on Sunday, 31 May in the Reformist Lutheran church in Wichita.
The international pro-life movement is opposed to violence. It is opposed to violence against unborn children and it is opposed to violence against abortionists and their property. The pro-life movement upholds the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death. The senseless and cowardly murder of George Tiller was a violation of his right to life.
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.