Media Release 3rd November 2013
The Labour Party has not adopted the following policy presented at its Conference in Christchurch. The Party Conference instead recommended that the proposal to decriminalise abortion be referred, on becoming the government, to the Law Commission for an opinion. David Cunliffe has recently publicly stated that he supports the decriminalisation of abortion, and also supports the Law Commission being asked to provide an opinion.
This was the ploy used by the Labour government in Victoria in 2008 and it is now going to be tried on here in New Zealand. It is clear that the Labour Party supports the decriminalisation of abortion but knows full well that many of it’s supporters do not. So in view of the coming general election in 2014 Labour realises that it is politically expedient to side step this controversial justice issue until after the election. This is nothing more than a cynical attempt to deceive the electorate as to the true intentions of the Labour Party. The electorate will not be deceived.
Here is the policy, which is being driven by Young Labour.
1.That Labour is committed to women’s health and well-being, and strongly endorses a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body. Therefore, Labour in Government will:
a) Adopt measures to ensure that a pregnant woman has the opportunity and freedom to make the best decision for her own circumstances;
b) Decriminalise abortion;
c) Ensure that access to abortion is available to women throughout the country
Decriminalisation promotes violence against women and their unborn and reveals the Labour Party as being hypocritical.
The Labour Party is opposed to child abuse yet it is promoting abortion which is the ultimate in child abuse.
Decriminalisation is a great offence to the Creator. Human life begins at the moment of conception. At that moment the new human being is endowed with human rights, the foundation right being an inalienable right to life. From the moment of conception the new human being should be accorded with the respect that is given to the human person. Every human being is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of creation.
Decriminalisation is a cruel betrayal of women and their precious unborn. The killing of the child is presented as a commitment to women’s health and well-being. How is a woman’s health improved or her wellbeing enhanced by killing her child? The policy is hypocritical. The 2011 Labour Manifesto on children’s policy stated: “Labour is putting giving children the best start in life at the heart of our social policy.”
Decriminalisation is a threat to the right to life every person in the community. It denies the inalienable right to life of every human being from conception to natural death. If the State may deny the right to life of the unborn is there anything to prevent the state in the future withdrawing protection of the law for the sick, the disabled and the elderly.
A Labour government is pledged to support the decriminalization of abortion. It will then be no longer a crime to kill an unborn child for any reason or no reason at any time up to birth. We can expect that we will have partial birth abortions as performed in the United States. Late term babies will be inducted and before the head of the child leaves the birth canal the abortionist plunges scissors into the back of the child’s head and then proceeds to suck the brains out of the child’s head.
The lack of care and compassion for women faced with an unplanned pregnancy was revealed at the Conference when commendable attempts to provide genuine help for women to choose life for their child was defeated and rejected by the Conference.
The support for the decriminalisation of abortion, ignores the plight of women often coerced into an unwanted abortion by the father of the child who refuses to accept responsibility for the child that he has fathered. The decriminalization of abortion will encourage more men to exploit and abandon women.
Woe to the Labour Party that turns its back on vulnerable women.The Labour Party used to have a social conscience that cared for the poor and marginalized in society. Michael Savage the first Labour Prime Minister and his Party were opposed to the decriminalization of abortion. It has now become unelectable and will reap a just reward of a resounding electoral defeat at the general election in 2014.
Right to Life,