Right to Life is concerned that ALRANZ (The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand) is denigrating the good name and reputations of health professionals who believe that abortion is a harmful choice. They have just released a website entitled ‘My Decision’. The purpose of which is to ‘name and shame’ health practitioners who exercise their conscience rights to refuse to provide what ALRANZ calls ‘Reproductive Health-Care Services’. In other words, the website targets those doctors and practitioners who are not willing to refer a woman to an abortionist or to provide contraception.
Health practitioners can conscientiously object to the provision of such a request in accordance with S174 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and this was further clarified by a 2010 Court judgment. The only requirement of the health professional is to inform the person that to obtain that ‘service’ they can see another health practitioner.
As stated in the best practice guide of the New Zealand Health Professionals Alliance;
“Upon what universally accepted principle should individuals be forced to give up their own convictions and be made to act upon the contrary moral beliefs of an employer, union, professional association or state?”
Right to Life believes that conscientious objection is a fundamental right and one that must be preserved if we are to continue to live in a free and civil society. We risk tyranny if this right is taken away.
Right to Life, does not make public, lists of the names and practices of Certifying Consultants and doctors who take the life of unborn children through abortion.
This move by ALRANZ could not further highlight the gulf that exists between those who work towards protecting human life and those who believe that the unborn child is a simply a chattel of the pregnant mother which can be disposed of at will.
For Right to Life NZ