Media Release22 January 2014
Today is the forty-first anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision of the United States Supreme Court which decriminalised abortion, effectively during the full nine months of pregnancy. It presents an urgent warning for New Zealand not to follow this path of destruction that would accelerate the war against women. The decriminalisation of abortion is supported by the Labour Party. Right to Life believes that if we have a Labour/Green government at the forthcoming general election it will seek the support of the Law Commission to decriminalise abortion. The anniversary of Roe v Wade marks a day of infamy that opened the floodgates of hell, the abandonment of a commitment by the government to protect human life. It commenced the war on women with the striking down of the individual state’s legal protection for the lives of its unborn children.
This judgement was in gross violation of the Constitution of the United States which declares, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This was the day that the Supreme Court declared that they did not know when human life began, that the unborn child was not a human being and that the unborn had no right to life. They declared that the unborn child was the property of the mother and it was her right to kill the child if that was her choice.
There has never been a Supreme Court decision that has ever brought down on American women such pain and destruction. It is reminiscent of the notorious Dred Scott decision of the United States Supreme Court in 1857, which declared that negro slaves were not human beings and were the property of their owners. They did not become human beings until they were freed by their owners. It is also reminiscent of the New Zealand Court of Appeal in its judgement in 2010 on proceedings initiated by Right to Life, when it declared that unborn children were not human beings and only became human beings when they were born.
Since 1973, there have been more than 56,000,000 (FIFTY-SIX MILLION) children killed in their mother’s wombs. That is at the rate of 157 abortions every hour: this is an appalling injustice that is rejected and opposed by a growing number of American citizens who recognise the great violence and damage that is being inflicted on women and their precious unborn. Today in Washington, more than 650,000 courageous citizens gathered for the march for life in freezing conditions calling for the overthrow of the infamous Roe v Wade judgement. The pro-life movement here and around the world joins in solidarity with the pro-life movement in the United States in praying for this to happen soon.
Those who use Roe v Wade as an argument for their advocacy, should be aware that the decision is founded on lies and falsehood and will in time be overturned. The Jane Rowe who was the plaintiff in the case was told by her pro-abortion lawyers to lie to the Court that she had been raped and wanted an abortion. She also did not have an abortion but gave birth to her child. Her real name is Norma McCovey and she is now an ardent defender of the right to life of the unborn.