Media Release 14th May 2014
Right to Life, believes that the New Zealand government is in breach of the United Nations Convention against Torture. This important Convention was passed by the General Assembly at the UN, on 10 December 1984. It was signed by New Zealand, on 14 January 1986. The Convention is opposed to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The government is in violation of the Convention Against Torture by sanctioning and funding the cruel and inhuman murder of unborn children, by doctors appointed by the government and in hospitals provided by government. The violent dismemberment of children in the womb is promoted by the government as “a health service”.
Right to Life notes that the Convention states, “considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” This statement clearly gives recognition to the inalienable rights of unborn children, who are the weakest and most defenceless members of the human family. Why then is their destruction being ignored?
The Convention precludes, ”any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person…, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”
The UN Committee Against Torture in a recent review in Geneva, of the performance of the Holy See, accused the Holy See of violating the Convention by teaching that abortion was morally wrong and a violation of human rights. In the view of the UN Committee, denying women the right to choose was the torture of women. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio in Geneva, responded and repudiated the accusation and declared, “ that abortion is a form of torture.”
Right to Life supports the conclusion of the Apostolic Nuncio. We ask when is the government going to accept that the murder of 14,000 unborn children each year, is cruel and inhuman treatment, a violation of human rights and a serious and continuous breach of the Convention Against Torture? The New Zealand government has pledged to uphold this Convention before the United Nations.
Abortion is not only the cruel torture of the innocent, but also damages vulnerable women, whose own mental torture after an abortion may torment them for the remainder of their lives
Right to Life