Professor Donald Evans, director of Otago University’s Bioethics Centre, said yesterday that allowing social grounds for the sex selection of embryos during fertility treatment would be “winding the social clock back in New Zealand by at least a generation and a half”.
Garth George comments on Abortion in his Friday 20th June editorial in the New Zealand Herald.
Here is the link to the editorial
Right to Life in defence of life, is opposed to the recommendation of the Bioethics Council that parents have a right to choose the sex of their children. Sex selection through IVF and Pre Implantation Diagnosis is immoral and unethical. It is a further step towards designer babies, it is eugenics and constitutes a search and destroy mission.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – Claim Abortion Law Upheld
Right to Life respectfully challenges the public statement of Dr Gillian Gibson, chairwoman of the Royal College that an audit of the lawfulness of abortions would not be of concern as an audit would prove that the law is being faithfully followed already. She went on to say; “What we have at the moment is a very safe and accessible service for women. It is a lawful service and legal abortions are being performed.” In the light of Justice Miller’s judgment this statement is challenged. Everybody has known for many years that the lawfulness of many abortions is questionable, why then does the Royal College pretend that the abortion laws are being upheld?
Right to Life is deeply disappointed at the 18,380 abortions reported for 2007. This is the second highest number of abortions reported in New Zealand. It is 450 more abortions than the 17,930 reported in 2,006.
Each abortion is a tragedy for the unborn child that is destroyed and for the mother who is the second victim of abortion. Abortion is the ultimate in domestic violence and in child abuse; women will not be safe until the law effectively protects them and their unborn.
TV One’s Willie Jackson will be interviewing Right to Life spokesperson Ken Orr on the topic of Euthanasia on the Eye to Eye programme (Sunday 15th June at 11.30 am). The interview will include discussion with Leslie Martin (Dignity New Zealand) and Jack Jones (Voluntary Euthanasia Society). The interview is bound to contain heated debate and air many of the arguments surrounding this important and controversial topic. Ken Orr will present arguments as to why NZ should never legalise the killing of it’s citizens, regardless of the seemingly humanitarian arguments that we now hear being put forward.
The following cartoon appeared in the Christchurch Press this morning
We challenge the Press and the author of this cartoon on a number of fronts.
Firstly the message depicted in the cartoon relies on the tired old war-cry that the feminists have always dragged out to justify state sanctioned abortion. The Royal Commission on Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion, prior to the introduction of the CS & A Act in 1977 found that, on average about one New Zealand woman per year died due to complications arising from back street abortions. The vast majority of these abortions were done by medical practitioners. Former prominent US abortionist Bernard Nathanson, now a Pro-Life worker, revealed in his book “Aborting America”, how he and his Pro-Abortion colleagues actively promoted lies masquerading as data by vastly over-exaggerating the number of US women who had died in back-street abortions. The aim being to influence public acceptance of the need for legal abortion in that country.
We ask if, given the facts presented above, this argument can be used to justify the death of nearly 380,000 unborn New Zealanders since 1977 and the terrible impact abortion has had on the lives of many of these women.
Here is the PDF link to Justice Miller’s legal preceedings document (you may need to right-click, download to view).
Right to Life welcomes the judgment of Justice Miller. This is an historic judgment and the most important development in the abortion laws in New Zealand during the previous 30 years. The implementation of this judgment by the Abortion Supervisory Committee should result in a substantial reduction in the number of abortions performed in New Zealand and bring the law back into line with the intentions of the Royal Commission and Parliament. The judgment should herald in a new era of care and protection of women and their unborn children.
Submission (Amended & Final Version) From Right to Life New Zealand Inc.
Re: Classification of The Peaceful Pill Handbook (New Revised International Version) by Dr Philip Nitschke and Fiona Stewart
Right to Life on 12 May 2008 sought leave to apply for a review of the classification of the controversial suicide handbook, The Peaceful Pill Handbook [New Revised International Edition] authored by Dr Philip Nitschke and Fiona Stewart. Leave was sought under section 47 [e] of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act (1993). The Office of Film and Literature Classification Office produced a decision on the 18th of March on the original edition of the book deeming it objectionable and declared it banned for sale or distribution within New Zealand.