10 February 2014
Hon Murray McCully,
Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Dear Mr Mc Cully
United Nations Attack on Religious Freedom
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child recently presented its sixteen page report on the periodic review of the Catholic Church.
Our Society is concerned about this report which is a flagrant and egregious attack on the religious freedom of the Catholic Church, her right and obligation to uphold the dignity of the human person and an attack on religious freedom guaranteed by the Declaration of Human Rights which proclaims in Article 18 the right to freedom of religion.
Right to Life recognizes that the Catholic Church is at the forefront worldwide in upholding the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the human person. The Catholic Church is not at liberty to change its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality which are based on the law of God. This is an attack on the religious freedom of every citizen. It is not the prerogative of the United Nations to dictate to Churches what they teach, nor to dictate what we believe.
Continue reading United Nations Attack on Religious Freedom
The following post is by Amy Brooke from the February/March 2014 Issue of Investigate Magazine
Clipped to the side of my computer screen is the photo of a truly beautiful brown-skinned little baby, close to newly-born. An accidental smile lights up its tiny face, its eyes wide with wonder. A small hand with perfectly formed fingernails is close by.
This Thank You card was sent on behalf of a baby girl, Christa. Spared from abortion, she is treasured by adopted parents, thanks to a brave mother cared for by Family Life International New Zealand. We will never know what possible anguish her mother went through. But we can honour her for choosing to refuse to kill her child; for rejecting being fobbed off by those dealers in death who themselves either deliberately lie – or have been deceived into proclaiming to confused and upset, even desperate young females, that the son or daughter they are carrying is merely a blob of tissue, a mass of cells.
We’ve heard it all for too long. Whatever area the debate on abortion covers, we know one thing. The aggressive pro-abortion lobby does not deal to the truth of things. The quibbling about when what is indisputably someone’s growing daughter or son begins to become a human being avoids the truth: it is immediately after conception. The deliberate deceiving of so many young women, including teenagers, even 12 year olds, directed towards an abortion concealed from their parents, is compounded by the essential wickedness of withholding very real facts. In so very many instances there will be a lifetime’s sorrow and deep grieving ahead for the child whom they never knew, the lost little boy or girl – let alone the now higher risk of breast cancer as a result of that abortion…a fact Planned Parenthood tries to hide.
Continue reading The life and death truth of things
Media Release9 February 2014
Right to Life applauds the resignation of Bob MCCoskrie as a marriage celebrant. This principled action is taken in defence of marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman as instituted by our Creator. The human race since the dawn of creation has always known that marriage is for one man and one woman.
Only a man can make a woman a mother and a wife and only a woman can make a man a father and a husband. Every child deserves to be loved and raised by their biological parents.
The majority of the community strongly opposed the usurpation of authority by our Parliament to redefine marriage. It was a cruel hoax inflicted on the homosexual community; they deserve better. The community will never ever accept this misguided attempt by our Parliament to change the law of God. We have a duty to our community and to future generations to oppose this unjust law.
Right to Life encourages all marriage celebrants both religious and civil to follow the noble example of Bob MCCoskrie. We should not rest until this unjust law is repealed.
Right to Life
Media Release 5 February 2014
Abortion and Breast Cancer a Conspiracy of Silence
This week we commemorate World Cancer Day. Right to Life congratulates the New Zealand Cancer Society and the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation for the successful research of international importance that is being undertaken to understand the link between obesity and breast cancer. The world is facing an epidemic of breast cancer and New Zealand has one of the highest rates of breast cancer; it also has one of the highest rates of abortion. It is a human tragedy that each year 650 women die in New Zealand from breast cancer.
Every year 2800 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Ninety five per cent of women contracting breast cancer are over the age of forty. Right to Life requests that in the interest of women’s health the Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Foundation urgently fund research into the abortion breast cancer link. Abortion promotes a culture of death and is a war against women and their precious unborn. Our women have a right to know that not only does an abortion kill their child it may also painfully kill them too. Continue reading Abortion and Breast Cancer a Conspiracy of Silence
The Following post is by Paul Russell of HOPE Australia on the MercatorNet website.
Exactly how would Belgians discover that a minor wanted to die?
If Belgium continues on its reckless path towards child euthanasia, as seems likely, what will the conversations look like that precedes the killing of a child?
Let’s assume for the sake of this exploration that the protocols and so-called safeguards will always be adhered to. There’s plenty of evidence to doubt that this will occur; that observance will deteriorate over time. But, initially at least (and at least because of initial public scrutiny), we can assume proper regard for the new law.
So, how does the conversation begin? We know that the child must ask for euthanasia and that an assessment of the child’s ability to comprehend what he or she is asking for must be tested and attested to. So what is it that would prompt a child to ask?
Click here to read the whole article at MercatorNet
29 January 2014
Hon Tony Ryall,
Minister of Health,
Dear Mr Ryall,
Official Information Act – Request
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board has a contract with the New Zealand Family Planning Association to fund the performance of medical abortions at the Association’s Tauranga clinic. It is not the Association’s intention to perform surgical abortions.
I wish to request under the Official Information Act, the following information:
- What is the fee paid by the District Health Board to the FPA for each medical abortion performed on a resident woman at the Tauranga Clinic and what other services are included?
- Is there a separate payment made if counselling is provided before or after an abortion?
- Is there a separate payment made for the time spent by a certifying consultant interviewing a woman considering an abortion at the Tauranga Clinic?
- Is there a payment made in the event that a woman considering an abortion declines to proceed with the abortion or is declined by certifying consultants?
- Do you require the Family Planning Association to comply with the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, section21  [b] which requires, “That there are in the institution, adequate surgical and other facilities, and adequate and competent staff, for the safe performance of abortions.”
Continue reading Questions asked of Minister of Health Regarding Medical Abortions at Tauranga Clinic
Media Release 27 January 2014
David Cunliffe, leader of the Labour Party has announced that should Labour be elected at the next general election, families receiving an income of less than $150, 000 a year will receive on the birth of a child, $60 per week for the first year. The Labour Party is to be congratulated for offering needed assistance to families. David Cunliffe in announcing this new election policy said that Labour wants to give children the best start and that Labour is putting giving children the best start in life at the heart of our social policy
This statement is challenged, it simply is not true. He is referring solely to children who have been born. The best start a child can have is to be allowed to be born. What then is David Cunliffe’s and the Labour Party’s policy on the right to life of our most vulnerable children, our unborn. Does he not understand that these are the weakest and most defenceless members of our human family?
David Cunliffe stated at a meeting last year to select a leader for the Labour Party that;
“I want to see a woman’s right to choose protected. The current law hasn’t been reviewed for many years and I think that it is now urgent. The Law Commission would be best placed to undertake this review as it is a conscience issue which splits across parties.” So he believes that women have a right to choose to kill their child before birth. However there is no such right?
Continue reading Does Labour really care about Children?
Women’s & Children’s Health,
Private Bag 471,
Dear Ms Waite
Thank you for your letter of 14 January 2014. You advised that “ counselling and consent are always given prior to the procedure. However as we place the women at the centre of our care there may be occasions that the timing of the dose is less than 24 hours.”
We are aware that there is nothing in the legislation governing the performance of abortion or in the “Standards of Care for Women Requesting Induced Abortion” that stipulates that a waiting period is recommended before the woman takes the Mifepristone drug. We are aware that in the United States that there are 26 States that require a waiting period after counselling of at least 24 hours before the abortion may proceed, one of these States has a waiting period of 72 hours. The purpose of this is to provide the woman some time to reflect on her decision.
I would be grateful if you would kindly clarify the situation for me, in the event that a woman has given informed consent for a medical abortion and had counselling:
Continue reading Questions asked concerning Medical Abortion
Another hard hitting article from MercatorNet that tells it as it is. While poverty undoubtedly plays a huge role in the dysfunction which plagues New Zealand education, is not the scourge of sexualisation in our schools another significant factor and is it any less virulent here than in the United States?
If students attend schools which are run as sexual playgrounds, is it any wonder if they fail to learn?
Over the last three decades, social scientists, educational researchers, and pundits have probed for the reason why educationally the US on the fringe of being a Third World country. In particular, why does the academic achievement of American students begin to fall off during junior high and plummet during the high school years?
Read on here on the MercatorNet site for this article by Kevin Ryan
This post is from the ‘Careful’ Euthanasia focus blog of the MercatorNet website, details in an info graphic the reality of Euthanasia. While the graphic relates to the situation in Quebec, Belgium and the Netherlands, the data should cause us in New Zealand to examine the claims of the Pro-Euthanasia lobby here.
It even begs the question as to whether groups in New Zealand who are pushing the ‘Euthanasia Barrow’ have any idea of what bringing this scourge here would mean. Well meaning they may be but completely deluded as regards the implications.