Media Release 19th July 2014
The Abortion Supervisory Committee [ASC] has accused those who pray outside abortion facilities of harassment and has sought police protection. Right to Life responds, the allegations of harassment outside abortion facilities are a distraction from the real violence that is inflicted on women and their precious unborn inside the killing centres.
The ASC in its annual report to Parliament in 2012 and 2013 reported its concern at the alleged harassment of women seeking an abortion at abortion facilities. The Committee also alleged that doctors and staff were being harassed. The Committee stated in 2013 that “harassment of those seeking or providing abortion services remains a significant concern to the Committee, especially as disturbing reports of violence at overseas abortion clinics continue to surface.”The Committee claims to be working proactively with the Police.
In 2012 Right to Life lodged an Official Information Act request with the Committee asking for information on the alleged harassment. The Committee refused to provide any information. A complaint was then laid with the Ombudsman. A further complaint was made following the 2013 report. The Committee, in response to a request from the Ombudsman provided Right to Life with a list on 11 July, of the incidents of the alleged harassment, including;
1. “Small groups of people protesting silently with banners on a weekly basis [nationwide at facilities, reported to Committee on numerous occasions].”
2. “The handing out of objects such as rosaries, white crosses, rubber foetuses to women entering clinics, including women not entering[ nationwide, reported to Committee sporadically].”
3. “Articles, letters and copies of images sent to cert, consultants and clinics through the mail nationwide, [reported to Committee sporadically].”
Abortion is part of a culture of death, it demands acceptance and adulation, it is evil and will not compromise with those who dare to dissent. The demonic culture of death is incensed and enraged at the overwhelming power of prayer which confronts the violence inflicted on women and their unborn. The word harassment means to hassle, to plague and to persecute.
The pro-life movement refutes these allegations of harassment. The presence of people peacefully praying outside abortion facilities is protected by the New Zealand Bill of Rights which guarantees freedom of speech and assembly. The pro-life movement will never accept the murder of the innocent and will not be deterred by these allegations.
We all have a duty to defend life and to protest at the murder of the innocent. Those who courageously and generously pray outside killing centres are at the frontline giving witness to the sanctity of life of every child from conception. They are there providing a guard of honour for those children being killed that day. They are there to offer unconditional love and help to the women who seek an abortion, not because it is their choice but because they have been told they have no choice. They are also praying for the doctors and staff, that they may experience a spiritual conversion and turn away from the destruction of life. Many women who have been provided with love and support to choose life for their baby at the entrance to the killing centre, are eternally grateful for those who helped them. Every community deserves and needs to have people praying peacefully outside the killing centres.