Prayer support is earnestly sought for God’s blessing on Right to Life’s defence to the Crown’s appeal to the Court of Appeal in Wellington to be heard on the 12th and 13th of May 2009. The appeal concerns the June 2008 judgement of Justice Miller in the High Court on the Judicial Review of the performance of the Abortion Supervisory Committee.
Right to Life has cross appealed and is seeking to have the Court of Appeal overturn…
the decision of Justice Miller to deny the status of the unborn child as a person entitled to receive the protection of the Bill of Rights Act. Section 8, “Right Not to Be Deprived of Life”, states, "No one shall be deprived of life except on such grounds as are established by law and are consistent with the principles of fundamental justice.”
Under current legislation the unborn child does not becomes a human being until it is born. This is an unprecedented opportunity to establish in law, that the unborn child from conception is a human being endowed at conception with human rights, the foundational right being the right to life. The Crown on behalf of the Abortion Supervisory Committee opposes the legal recognition of the unborn child as a person endowed with human rights. Right to Life will also seek to have the Court uphold the finding of Justice Miller that the Committee has a statutory duty to hold certifying consultants accountable for the lawfulness of abortions authorised. Justice Miller also found that that “there is reason to doubt the lawfulness of many abortions authorised by certifying consultants.” This important Court of Appeal hearing could have an historic and major influence on the future protection of unborn children and their mothers.