Media Release 16th September 2013
As the leader of the Labour Party, the position of David Cunliffe on abortion and his failure to oppose violence against women and their precious unborn children will have serious consequences for the Labour Party at the next general election.
Right to Life is disappointed that the new leader of the Labour Party supports violence against women and their unborn children. At a recent meeting, the three contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party were asked what their position were on abortion. David Cunliffe responded by stating:
"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 is now urgent. The Law Commission would be best placed to undertake this review as it is a conscience issue which splits across parties."
As a potential future Prime Minister his response is very disturbing and frightening.
As Prime Minister and the head of a government we have a right to expect him to uphold the rule of law. The first duty of the State is to legislate to protect the lives of every human being from conception to natural death and not to preside over their destruction. His position is based on the foundation assumption that a woman has a right to choose to kill her baby. There is no such right recognised in the New Zealand Bill of Rights or in the laws regulating the performance of abortion in New Zealand. There is also no human right to abortion recognised by any United Nations Convention or Treaty. His position then has no basis in law or morality.
Mr Cunliffe should be aware that the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 was passed by Parliament to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission set up to advise Parliament. The Royal Commission after hearing evidence from around the world concluded, that life began at conception and that the unborn child as the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family had a right to life and deserved respect and legal protection.
Mr Cunliffe’s support for a right that does not exist is a threat to the women of New Zealand and their babies. New Zealand does not require an “urgent” review of the abortion laws by the Law Commission. To address the tragic plight of women and their unborn children we need courageous political leadership that:
- Recognises the urgent need for an amendment to the New Zealand Bill of Rights to give recognition to the inalienable right to life of the unborn child.
- Will ensure that the abortion legislation is upheld as passed by Parliament in 1977.
Right to Life requests that Mr Cunliffe becomes a defender of life and a promoter of a culture of life, by recognising that abortion is violence against women and their babies.